Dental decay happens when the enamel and dentine of a tooth becomes softened by acid attacks, producing a cavity, thus requiring a filling.
Tooth decay occurs due to a high sugar diet and poor oral hygiene.
Our team can help you and your family, alter your dietary habits and your oral as well as your hygiene techniques in the battle against dental decay.
white / composite Fillings
If a tooth is decayed, we can restore it using a white (tooth coloured) filling. White fillings are available in many different shades so that they can match your natural teeth.
At your request, we can safely replace your silver amalgam fillings with white tooth coloured fillings.
Advantages of white / composite Fillings:
- Because composite bonds to tooth structure, there is no need to remove the weakened parts of the tooth that have to be removed when amalgam is placed. Often, composite fillings can be made one-third the size of amalgam, or even less.
- They bond to the teeth, strengthening weak teeth and making them less likely to break and need a crown later.
- They are gentler to the teeth—less irritating. You don't have that uncomfortable sensitivity to hot and cold for weeks afterward that you may be used to.
- For many people, the most important difference is that they contain no mercury. Silver amalgam contains 50% mercury. While we have been told that this mercury is tightly bound in the filling, some recent studies have shown that they cause small amounts of mercury vapour to be released into your mouth every time you chew. This makes some people nervous, because mercury is a very toxic metal that is difficult for your body to eliminate.
- And then, of course, composite fillings look nicer. They can be coloured to look just like your tooth, so there is no need for the unsightly amalgam fillings that turn black as they corrode in your mouth.
Amalgam / Silver Fillings
This is where a silver coloured material is used for filling teeth. The material has been in use for over a hundred years and is very durable and hard wearing. This material has had a lot of bad publicity over the recent years but there is no concrete evidence that it harms the patients who have fillings in this material. Amalgam is a very hard wearing material and is still commonly used to repair teeth.
In today’s society many patients are requesting the removal of this material to be replaced by white fillings primarily for aesthetic reasons.