Is it Time to Replace your Old Black Fillings?

Back in the earlier days, when dentistry was still evolving the only option for filling your decayed teeth were silver fillings or sometimes gold fillings. Although these metals did serve the purpose and last long enough for the tooth to be functional, these fillings are no longer the choice of material for a dental filling. This liquid mercury and metal alloy filling has been around since 1904. Amalgam was originally used and favoured for its intense strength, durability and easy application. However, many people have expressed concerns regarding amalgam fillings due to the presence of mercury in their composition, despite there being no adverse health risks. Due to this (and aesthetic issues), many people have chosen to remove old fillings and have them replaced with white fillings instead, often seen as the more attractive and natural looking alternative.

What are your Options?
Filling materials include the most common composite resin (white filling), porcelain, and even CEREC for more damaged teeth.

Composite resin (White Fillings)
These composite resins are a blend of plastics and small glass particles – aren’t just good for repairing cavities; they can also be used to change the color or shape of a tooth. White fillings are matched to the original colour of the tooth. Instead of having noticeable silver or black fillings that often show when you laugh and smile, white fillings are virtually undetectable in the mouth (at least by the naked eye). They repair the tooth to its prior condition, providing patients with beautiful and natural looking results. The procedure is simple and consists of just one appointment. Your dentist will first choose the shade of composite that best matches your tooth color. After removing the decay, he or she will use a special curing light to harden each layer of filling material. The filling will be shaped to fit your tooth and polished so that it remains smooth and resistant to staining. Although these materials are very strong and durable, sometimes when the damage to the tooth is very extensive your dentist will choose and ceramic restoration over a composite resin.

Ceramic or porcelain fillings Ceramics are tooth-colored. Ceramics are more resistant to staining and abrasion than composite resin. Ceramic fillings are more brittle than composite resin and can break but they are very strong when bonded on to the tooth . They are also more resistant to staining and abrasion unlike the composites. They are a form of indirect filling, known as inlay or onlay, usually require more than one visit to the dentist and tend to be pricey. These are made in the dental lab once the measurements are made according to the needs of your tooth. These have excellent esthetic properties and look absolutely natural. If you have those ugly black fillings, call us at Dr Ehabs dental clinic and replace them with the best natural looking white fillings! Keep smiling!