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Here at Dental Solutions, we offer various dental fillings to treat tooth decay. We believe that just because the filling is necessary, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a say in how it will look and feel. There are many types of dental fillings available, all of which carry their own unique benefits.
Silver fillings aren’t just made from solid silver, they’re actually a mixture of minerals – silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury. Of all the different types of dental fillings, silver is often the most popular among dentists because it’s strong, durable and relatively inexpensive. Typically, an amalgam/silver filling can last for up to 15 years or more. So there’s little fear of needing a replacement during this time.
One of the few disadvantages of having silver fillings is that they’re not as aesthetically pleasing as a white filling that appears to be invisible. Replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings is a common ask from patients we see at Dental Solutions.
Composite fillings are very popular because of their aesthetically pleasing quality, offering a more natural look. Whenever patients ask what type of tooth filling is best, often composite are the most recommended. A great benefit of composite fillings is that the exact colour of the tooth is chosen by you and your dentist, so the restoration is a perfect match to your teeth. This is why replacing amalgam fillings with white ones is an increasingly popular choice. Because they are chemically bonded to the tooth structure, they also provide further support to the tooth.
Composite bonding is an option to correct any minor imperfections such as a minor chip or to change the shape or size of a tooth.
We can also offer this special type of filling here at Dental Solutions. Manufactured from hardwearing porcelain to your exact requirements, an inlay is a pre moulded filling, fitted and firmly secured into the grooves of your tooth to cover an exposed deep cavity. It is particularly useful for the teeth that work hardest in your mouth for chewing. We always match the inlay colour exactly to your tooth which then provides a virtually invisible dental restoration, while repairing the chewing surface. Hardwearing due to their porcelain make up, they last for between 10 and 15 years.
When it comes to gold dental fillings, the actual filing itself is a mixture of two or more metals that are atomically bonded together. This will give the gold appearance that the patient is looking for. Therefore, when the gold is put into the mouth as an indirect filling, it is found as an alloy – usually combined with silver, platinum, copper, palladium and/or zinc. Patients can expect their gold dental fillings to last many years, as this is one of the most durable materials we have in dentistry.
Instead of needing one of the various types of dental fillings we offer, you may be prescribed a root canal procedure. The aim of this procedure is to save a tooth that has become severely infected deep inside the tooth. To treat this, the dentist will remove bacteria and dying or dead tissue from inside the tooth. Modern endodontic treatment is very similar to a routine filling and can be completed within one or two appointments. You’ll be back to smiling, chewing and biting with ease in no time.
If you’re unsure as to what type of tooth filling is best, then we will be able to advise you in further detail as to the pros and cons of each dental filling. On the whole, it’s completely down to the individual. For example, some patients may wish for a natural looking composite filling whereas some younger patients may love the look of gold dental fillings.