A dental filling is any material that restores the normal shape and function of a tooth which has a portion missing due to decay or fracture.
Metal fillings have been used for over 150 years. They are made from dental amalgam, a material that is strong, durable and able to withstand extreme biting pressure. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper.
While no conclusive studies have related amalgam to health dangers, mercury by itself is toxic. Because of this, some people are not in favour of metal fillings. If you want to have your metal fillings replaced, talk to your dentist.
At Falkirk Dental Care we have alternative filling materials to choose from. They contain no mercury and are manufactured to match the colour of your teeth.
White Composite Fillings
White fillings are indirect dental composites made from acrylic resin. Dental composite bonding is a popular choice for fillings because the material can match the shade, translucency and even the texture of natural teeth. Direct dental composite may be used to restore small gaps in teeth. White fillings can also be used to reshape teeth or to give your smile a makeover, enhancing beauty and confidence.
The tooth-coloured composite is made of plastic, quartz and other fillers that give it strength and shine. A properly placed composite filling will last for years provided it is maintained with good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings. Composite is most suited to small cavities. When used to fill back teeth, composite is less durable than the more common amalgam. When more than half of a tooth is missing, when some or all of the biting edge of a front tooth is missing, or when one of the cusps (points) of a back tooth is missing, a crown (cap) should be considered instead of composite. Crowns are stronger and withstand greater chewing forces than composite.
A small percentage of people experience some hypersensitivity to this material, especially when it is used to fill back teeth. In these rare instances, removal of the composite filling and replacement with a different material may be necessary, incurring additional costs.
White Porcelain Fillings
If you have areas of enamel affected by decay, porcelain fillings are an excellent way of protecting and strengthening your teeth. We use high-quality porcelain that reflects light beautifully, very much like natural enamel does. The porcelain material we use bonds with the natural enamel of your teeth. Also, porcelain acts as a sealant on enamel, reducing your chances of decay in the filling area.
In addition to being biocompatible, porcelain can be matched to your tooth shade. Unlike metal fillings, porcelain fillings are not affected by hot and cold temperatures, so there is no risk of fracture from temperature changes. With proper care, porcelain fillings last indefinitely. Porcelain is a value-for-money way of enhancing your smile. Our fillings are crafted with CEREC Dental Technology for a one-visit treatment.