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Replacing Amalgam Fillings
TOOTH COLOURED FILLINGS
Tooth coloured fillings, known as "white fillings" are very popular. Many clients wish to have their old amalgam metal fillings replaced to improve the appearance of their smile. They take a little longer to do compared to metal fillings, but the results are worth it. We have a large colour selection to choose from to make the fillings match the existing tooth. Mr Flanagan uses the HFO system develpoed by L Vanini & Micerium in Italy.
What are they?
A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or accidental damage.
Unlike silver (amalgam) fillings, white fillings stick to the teeth so they can be used to repair teeth (especially front teeth) which have been chipped, broken or decayed. They can sometimes be used in back teeth if there is not too much decay or damage.
You will probably hear the dentist talking about ‘composite’ or ‘glass ionomer’ – these are just different types of white filling.
What will my dentist do?
Your dentist will:
normally give you a local anaesthetic to numb this area;
remove any decay;
remove some or all of an old filling;
wash and dry the tooth by blowing water and then air onto it (the dentist will be hold something which looks like a water pistol);
put the filling material into or onto the tooth and shape it;
harden the filling by pointing a bright light at it, inside your mouth (you will see the dentist and dental nurse protecting their eyes; and
trim and polish the filling
What are the benefits?
White fillings are the same colour as teeth. They come in a range of shades so they can be matched to the colour of your own teeth.
White fillings are sticky so they can be used to reshape and rebuild broken edges or worn teeth. They can also be used to cover marks (discolouration) if they can’t be removed by cleaning. A tooth needs less preparation for a white filling than for a silver filling.
White fillings are not as strong as silver fillings so they may not be suitable for large fillings in back teeth. They also need very dry conditions, which can be hard to achieve at the back of your mouth.