Tooth Coloured Fillings
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, we restore cavities and small cracks in your teeth with composite tooth coloured fillings, which consists of a special non-toxic resin that can match the colour of your tooth so it blends with the rest of the tooth structure and become invisible. These tooth coloured fillings 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 restorations which 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.
Making Restorations Last !
Nothing lasts forever,including dental restorations. All dental materials are subject to not only chipping and fracturing but also everyday wear. Some people grind their teeth; others brush too vigorously. Even normal chewing eventually causes breakdown. The material used to bond the restorations to the teeth can also deteriorate when exposed to oral fluids over long period of time.
If you have dental restorations, avoid foods that may damage the bond of the restorations to the tooth, such as mints , chewing gum and other sticky carbohydrates. Also make sure you don’t clench or grind your teeth. Nothing causes more harm to new fillings . Although this tends to happen during sleep, it can occur subconsciously during the day when you’re concentrating or tense. You may need a nightguard or a different type of appliance to wear at night or during the day to protect your smile.
For more information about tooth-coloured fillings and how to protect your teeth , please contact us on 01772-726932 to schedule your Smile Check appointment