Fillings

What are amalgam fillings?

Amalgam fillings, sometimes known as silver fillings, were the only option available to fill all cavities. However in recent years white fillings have become increasingly popular due to their cosmetic properties. Now only do amalgam fillings contain a small amount of mercury but they are highly visible when smiling, which is why many prefer white fillings.

What are the benefits of white fillings?

The main benefit of white fillings is the discreet nature that they possess. White fillings are designed to blend in with the colour of the natural teeth. Nobody wants their fillings to be visible when they smile.

Are white fillings as effective as amalgam fillings?

Some may worry that white fillings are not as strong or durable as amalgam fillings, but modern fillings are very robust, which means they should last for many years. The exact life expectancy of the filling may depend on the location of the affected tooth. Your dentist will advise you on how long the filling should last.

Should I replace my amalgam fillings with white fillings?

It is generally recommended to replace fillings only when they become worn or damaged. However, if you are keen on receiving white fillings, speak to your dentist and he/she will be able to discuss the options available to you.

What are white fillings made from?

White fillings are made from a mixture of materials, including:

  • Synthetic resin
  • Glass ionomers
  • A setting ingredient

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