What are tooth coloured fillings? When a tooth needs to be filled there is no ideal filling material that adwquately replaces the original tooth substance. The most common filling in us is dental amalgam which is a grey metallic fillig. It is easy to use and last well. It has been used successfully for over 100 years.Some patients and dentist have concerns with amalgam because of it’s mercury content although the general scientific consensus is that is safe to use. fillings for back teeth. Tooth coloured filling materials are essentially plastic strengthened with ceramics. They offer an alternative to amalgam in many situations.
How do they compare? Tooth coloured fillings match the colour of the teeth and are better cosmetically. They are the treatment of choice for front teeth. They are bonded to the teeth with adhesives and modern day composites are very durable. They may also be the treatment of choicein small fillings in back teeth because they often require less tooth substance to be removed in their preparation. They take more time to do and the dentist needs to ensure that they are not contaminated with moisture when placing them. Tooth coloured fillings are likely to cost more than the equivalent amalgam filling.There are many different materials available and the dentist will advise you as which is most suitable in your case.
Are there disadvantages? Tooth coloured fillings are plastic and are likely to wear more quickly. They are not suitable or strong enough for some situations particularly where there is already a large filling in the tooth. They ay therefore need to be replaced more frequently. As a plastic they may discolour although they can be polished or resurfaced relatively easily in most cases. Some patients experience more sensitivity after composite fillings.
What other treatments may be required? There may be a more permanent solution such as a crown (cap) or a different material porcelain or gold. If a tooth does not settle down after being filled a root treatment may be necessary.
Dentistry is no longer just a case of filling and extracting teeth as it was for many years. Cosmetic treatments can be used to lighten, straighten, reshape and repair teeth & improve their appearance. Cosmetic treatments include veneers, crowns, bridges, tooth-coloured fillings, implants and tooth whitening.
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