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Amalgam fillings also known as Silver fillings, have been used in dentistry for over 100 years. Health concerns have been raised as this filling material consists of a combination of metals including mercury (major concern), tin and copper as well as small amounts of zinc, indium or palladium.
We at Therapeuo choose not to use Silver fillings for any of our patients. In fact, we are often asked to replace these older silver fillings with a newer, tooth-coloured material known as Composite. If you have any silver fillings, we highly recommend you replace these with Composite.
Resin composite fillings are made of a ceramic and plastic compound. Because resin mimics the appearance of natural teeth, these fillings blend right in. They're also known as "white fillings" or "tooth-coloured fillings." Such a procedure is usually done by our dental specialist known as an Aesthetic Dentist or Restorative Dentist.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That's because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled.
These are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. The best way to stay on top of such a potential development is to follow good oral hygiene practices, healthy eating habits, and maintain a regular schedule of dental visits.
If you have a cavity, broken tooth, or a deteriorated filling, you may be a candidate for a tooth-coloured filling. Schedule a dental consultation with us to find out if a composite filling is right for you. Our dental specialists and aesthetics dentists will be able to guide you as to what will be the best option for your great smile.
A composite filling is a relatively short procedure and one of the most common dental procedures done today. When you arrive at our office, expect to spend an hour with us. During your visit, your gums and teeth will be anaesthetised with a local anaesthetic near the site of the filling. Once the area is numb, the decayed or damaged portion of your teeth will be removed. A rubber sheet (known as a rubber dam) will be placed around the tooth to keep you protected during the treatment phase. The new Composite filling will then be placed, shaped and polished before the procedure is complete. A blue coloured light will be used during the procedure to harden the restoration. All this is done with utmost care and precaution. Now your tooth is ready to use, though it is recommended that you do not try to eat or drink hot liquids until the anesthetic has worn off.
To maintain your fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene practices -- visiting us at Therapeuo regularly for dental clean ups. Brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and flossing at least once daily will help tremendously. If we your dental specialists suspect that a filling might be cracked or is "leaking" (when the sides of the filling don't fit tightly against the tooth, this allows debris and saliva to seep down between the filling and the tooth, which can lead to decay), we will take X-rays to assess the situation.
If your tooth is extremely sensitive, if you feel a sharp edge, if you notice a crack in the filling, or if a piece of the filling is missing, please call us for an appointment.
Composite fillings allow dentists to preserve more of the natural tooth structure? This is because composite materials chemically bond to the surface of the tooth like an adhesive. The process takes slightly longer to complete than traditional Silver fillings, but you can preserve more of the natural portion of the teeth while enjoying a restoration that is discreet.