For over a century, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. Traditional silver fillings (which eventually turn black) make an unpleasant addition to your otherwise beautiful smile. Recent research shows that the expansive natures of silver fillings can actually fracture and crack teeth. Lucky for you, these discoloured amalgams are a thing of the past at Lane Ends Dental Practice.
Today, you can get your cavities, as well as any other smaller cracks in your teeth, filled with composite fillings, which are made from resins that are matched to your tooth’s colour – so they become invisible when applied. These restorations are as strong and as durable as silver, but gives your smile a more natural look.
You no longer have to be self-conscious showing your smile with traditional gold and silver amalgam fillings. Now you can smile with confidence as you show off your perfectly blended tooth-coloured fillings.
Health Advantages of Tooth-Coloured Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings contain about 50 percent mercury. Some believe mercury toxicity has been linked to certain medical conditions.
Composite fillings provide an excellent seal on the affected area, so that tooth decay can be prevented.
There are other advantages to composite, tooth-coloured fillings, most importantly the capability of bonding to tooth structure. Also in many cases they can be repaired by addition of more composite material.
Resin fillings typically last anywhere from 6 to 12 years and usually only require one visit to complete.
White Tooth Coloured Fillings Procedure
White Tooth-coloured fillings use a composite resin material to restore and protect decayed teeth. Advances in adhesive dentistry have led to the increased strength of tooth-coloured fillings and allows them to be used successfully for front and back teeth. The composite material used in white fillings can also be applied to changing the colour and shade of teeth and reshaping blemished teeth.
When these restorations are performed properly, some tooth-coloured fillings can last as long as silver fillings. The compression and bonding strength of resin materials has dramatically improved over the years, resulting in an increased life span for tooth-coloured resin fillings.