October 31st, 2018
If you read the health section of the newspapers, you may have come across articles talking about the phasing out of amalgam fillings. Silver and mercury fillings used to be fitted much more commonly than they are now, with more and more people choosing white fillings. If you have a silver filling, you might be thinking that you need to replace your old filling, but there’s no need to panic.
Should I replace my silver filling?
White fillings are much more commonplace than they once were. In days gone by, metal fillings were used extensively. Today, many people prefer white fillings due to their natural aesthetic, and some also express a preference for composite fillings based on safety and environmental impact. If you have silver fillings, it is possible to replace them, but you don’t need to if you don’t want to. There’s no need to panic about the safety of your fillings, or assume that you have no choice but to pay for a new white filling. If your fillings are still in good condition, they can stay in place. If your fillings are worn, or they’ve been there for many years, and you’d prefer to have white fillings, it may make sense to have your old fillings replaced.
If you’re unsure about whether you need a new filling or not, the best thing to do is ask your dentist for advice. Your dentist can have a look at your existing fillings, check the condition, and talk you through your options.
If you’d like to know more or you’re keen to arrange a consultation, why not get in touch with us today? We’ll be happy to answer your questions and offer some advice.
May 1st, 2018
At 24 Hour Emergency Dentistry, we prioritise the health and wellbeing of our patients, but we also value our planet. With this in mind, we’re proud to be a mercury-free practice. If you have metal amalgam fillings, and you’d like to replace them with aesthetically pleasing white fillings, we can help!
What are amalgam fillings?
In the past, mercury amalgam fillings were used widely in dentistry. If you had a cavity in your tooth, it was standard procedure to fill it using a mixture of materials including mercury. Over the years, technology has advanced and new materials have become available. Today, we prefer to use safer, more effective, more aesthetically pleasing alternatives. Amalgam fillings are highly visible, as they are silver in colour, but there are also concerns about the safety of using mercury in fillings and the impact on the environment. To provide the best possible results, we recommend white fillings for our patients.
What’s so good about white fillings?
White fillings are a very popular alternative to amalgam fillings. The most noticeable difference is the look of the filling. As you can probably guess from the name, white fillings are designed to blend in seamlessly with the natural tooth structure. This means that once the filling is in place, you won’t be able to see it when you smile. White fillings are made from dental composite, resins and glass ionmers, which are much less controversial than mercury. White fillings used to be suitable only for the front teeth due to a lack of strength, but advances in the development of materials have ensured that most patients can now benefit from composite fillings.
If you need a new filling, or you have old mercury fillings you’d like to replace, why not get in touch with us today?