When teeth are sensitive or painful whilst eating and drinking they could be showing symptoms of tooth decay or fracture. Fillings are required to restore the tooth, protect the nerve and reduce the risk of root canal treatment.
There are many materials and preventative techniques available and most common are known as composite fillings, amalgam fillings and fissure sealants.
Composite fillings are a tooth-coloured material used as a modern solution to repair teeth to their most healthiest condition. The benefits of composite fillings are that they are matched to your natural tooth colour; making them aesthetic, strong and functional. Composite materials can also be used for cosmetic improvements of the smile, called composite build up. This means that gaps between teeth can be closed and the shape of teeth can be altered cosmetically.
Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. This blend has been used for many years due to its durability and ease of use as a filling material.
Major disadvantages of amalgam fillings are:
- They are silver and make your natural teeth appear grey
- Healthy tooth structure is compromised to make a space large enough to hold an amalgam filling
- Concerns about the effects of Mercury and possible allergies
We offer modern techniques to replace Mercury amalgam fillings due to improving oral health and a preference for aesthetics. We can replace your metal fillings with composite tooth colour material (mercury-free) that will complement the colour of your teeth and enhance your smile.
Fissure sealants are used as a preventative to cracks and decay forming as teeth grow. Food particles can sometimes get lodged in these areas and to treat this common problem a fissure sealant is needed. A small droplet is applied to the area which hardens when sealed with a bright light, the seal protects the tooth against further decay and used for both children and adults.