A: Amalgam or silver fillings are the metal coloured fillings that many people have. Amalgam was the traditional material used for fillings for many years.
Q: Why should I consider white fillings?
A: Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.
Q: Are they as good as silver amalgam fillings?
A: White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than
silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.
Q: Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?
A: It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material. However more and more people are wanting to cosmetically remove all of their silver fillings and have the more modern white fillings replacing them. Please see our section Silver filling replacement program>>.
Q: What are tooth-coloured fillings
A: This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient. Your dentist should be able to give you more information about the particular material that they use.
Q: Are there any alternatives to fillings?
A: Adhesive dentistry is another form of this treatment. This involves bonding the filling to the tooth. The dentist has to remove less of the tooth, which is obviously better.
As we have already said, there are alternatives such as crowns and inlays. Veneers can be used on front teeth instead of crowns or fillings.
Here at Shape Dental Clinic we pride ourselves at being an Amalgam (silver filling) free practice.●●●