If you still have some silver amalgam fillings then you are not alone as this material has been used for many decades. However we choose not to use it here at Integrated Dental Care as modern alternatives are so much better, both aesthetically and for your dental health.
We prefer to use tooth coloured composite resins to mend small to medium sized cavities in teeth. This material is strong and hardwearing and can create fillings that are virtually invisible. Additionally, our dentists will need to remove less healthy tooth structure when preparing your teeth to be filled, allowing us to preserve the maximum amount of your tooth. The material bonds very strongly to your tooth, creating a tight seal that will prevent bacteria from entering your tooth and causing further destruction.
Unlike amalgam, composite resin does not flex when it comes into contact with hot or cold and will not change shape under pressure. This is important as continual flexing can cause micro-fractures in teeth, eventually weakening the filled tooth.
Next time you need a filling then we will ensure your tooth is restored in a way that will preserve its strength and appearance. If you need an amalgam filling replaced, we can safely remove and dispose of the amalgam before placing a nice new composite resin filling during a single comfortable appointment.