Tooth coloured fillings – A natural looking solution to fill your cavities…
At Duncraig Dental Care we can fill your cavities and replace your old amalgam fillings with tooth coloured fillings. As the name suggests, tooth coloured fillings are fillings that are matched to the colour of your tooth, making them virtually invisible as they blend seamlessly into your tooth.
A composite or tooth-coloured filling is a tooth coloured plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also often used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping damaged or unsightly teeth.
How are tooth coloured fillings placed?
First your tooth is prepared and then our dental professionals will place the composite material in layers. As each layer is placed we use a specialised light to harden each layer into position. When the process is finished we will shape the composite filling to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite material to prevent staining and early wear. The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic quality, because we can blend shades to create a colour nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composite fillings bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, as well as helping to prevent breakages and insulating the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Receiving tooth-coloured fillings to replace your amalgam fillings…
Dental amalgam, more commonly referred to as ‘silver fillings’, is an inexpensive and highly durable material that is used for filling teeth, especially those that are subject to excessive wear and tear such as molars. Modern dental amalgam is a metal alloy that is generally made up of mercury, silver and tin, with small amounts of copper and zinc. It is pliable when first mixed and can be moulded into a tooth cavity. There is an ongoing debate among dental professionals that argue of the effects of mercury from amalgam fillings is dangerous to the body. If you are concerned about the effects of mercury on your body we can replace your old amalgam fillings with our tooth-coloured composite fillings. At Duncraig Dental Care we will assess your old fillings and determine the best way to replace your amalgam fillings with composite fillings.
Why choose tooth-coloured fillings?
Besides the fact that your tooth coloured fillings are more aesthetically pleasing, they are also made of good quality materials. Tooth coloured fillings have been used patients visable front teeth for cosmetic reasons for many years. Recent improvements in filling materials mean we can use this type of filling material for the back teeth as well, which offers patients a more affordable and widely used as an alternative to dental amalgam.