Many patients no longer wish to have unsightly silver (amalgam) fillings in their back teeth. Up until recently, amalgam was the only filling material that could stand up to the wear and tear forces experienced at the back of the mouth but advancements in technology have meant that tooth coloured alternatives are now available with similar durability and the advantage of superior aesthetics.
What are Tooth Coloured Fillings made of?
This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass or mineral particles embedded in a synthetic resin matrix and a setting ingredient. Your dentist sets the material by shinning a special activating light onto it with the result that you can leave the surgery and chew on them immediately.
When can I have them placed?
Your dentist will be able to advise you when it is clinically suitable to have a tooth coloured filling in a back tooth. As a general rule however, provided the decay is not too deep or extensive, most back teeth can be restored with tooth coloured alternatives.
What are the advantages of white fillings over amalgam?
There are several advantages, including:
- Improved Aesthetics- many people no longer wish to show unsightly silver fillings when they smile
- Tooth Conservation- because white fillings stick to natural tooth this means that healthy natural tooth tissue does not have to be removed to create undercuts to mechanically lock in the filling as required with amalgam
- Durability similar to amalgam
- Mercury Free
If you have concerns over the appearance of your existing fillings, or any reactions you may be having to them, then we can discuss with you at a consultation how we can safely and easily remove these fillings and then reconstruct your teeth using metal free alternatives.
We take our patients’ health, care and concerns seriously and to that end we have designed a safe amalgam removal programme that minimises exposure to mercury during the removal of old amalgam fillings.