Fillings are one of the most routine dental procedures which most dentists will perform every day.
There is now, with the advance in dental technology, a much more diverse range of fillings available to choose from than there ever has been in the past. White fillings are often more expensive than standard metal fillings and most dentists would only recommend the extra cost for a very visible cavity.
Amalgam fillings are the traditional type that are usually black in colour. They are made from an amalgamation of a number of different metals which usually include tin, silver, copper and mercury - hence the colour. While amalgams are not the most visually attractive option for filling a cavity, they have the advantage of being very durable. This means that they can withstand the constant demands of chewing or tooth-grinding without breaking down or coming loose.
Amalgams may appear to have their plus points however, there is also one very important negative issue surrounding amalgams. Many people are against amalgam fillings because they contain mercury - which is very toxic to the human body.
This is why at Falkirk Dental Care we provide other options for filling cavities. You may be surprised by how many choices you have. Although they are more expensive than the cheaper amalgam option, you can talk to your dentist about composite resins, glass or ceramic fillings - none of which contain mercury.
It is possible to have your old amalgam fillings replaced. Once again, talk to your dentist who will be able to explain much more about the procedure. There is a standard protocol involved which will ensure that the mercury is kept bonded within the amalgam while it is removed - ensuring that the filling can be replaced safely.
There are three types of Dental Fillings available;