Composite (White) Fillings
When treating tooth decay, we want to remove as little tooth structure as possible. Composite Resin is a non-metal material that can be bonded to your tooth and this allows us to preserve as much of your original tooth structure as possible.
The added aesthetic advantage is that the colour of this material can be matched almost exactly to your tooth. This type of restoration requires a careful attention to detail for success. We have been making these restorations for well over 10 years with excellent outcomes.
Amalgam (Sliver) Fillings:
Dental Amalgam is one of the oldest types of filling material in dentistry. In recent times the composition of the alloy has been refined. Amalgam is one of the most durable direct filling materials available in dentistry. Dental restorations made from amalgam are quite safe, last for a long time and still have a place in modern dental practice.
Dental amalgam is a stable alloy made by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metallic elements. Although dental amalgam continues to be a safe, commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth.
Dental amalgam is being phased out of modern clinical practice, although for individuals is poses little concern, the ability of the mercury to find its way into the environment & the food chain is of greater concern, when fillings are removed free mercury is released, our dental units have amalgam filters that help to minimise release of the waste into the drains but inevitably some gets through, in addition, and not wishing to be morbid but the other large source of mercury release is at crematoria, they have scrubber units fitted again to remove as much mercury as possible. The only way to reduce emissions is to reduce the use of the material in the first place. Now that good alternatives are available amalgam use can be reduced. There remain certain indications where it still remains the material of choice, for example where moisture control is difficult.