A dental restoration, better known as a dental filling or just “filling,” is typically used when a patient has a cavity in their tooth, or a “caries”. Dental restorative materials are used to fill in the decayed area of the tooth in order to restore the function, integrity and morphology of the missing tooth structure. Tooth structural loss may be the result of caries or external trauma. Dental restorations can be created using the following materials:
Dental Amalgam was a commonly used restoration material for over 150 years. It is a mixture of mercury with at least one other metal. It is relatively easy to manipulate during placement and once fully set, it forms a hard compound, which can sustain a high degree of pressure during chewing. Amalgam’s resiliency is why it has been a restorative material of choice for many years. Due to its mercury content and the fact that amalgam does not match the colour of teeth, more dental professionals are choosing to switch from using amalgam and are now using composite resin-based restorative materials.
We can switch your silver-coloured fillings for natural looking composite resin restorations which is a one-appointment process.
Dental composites produce a natural-coloured restoration which blends nicely with the existing tooth, because of this, dental composites are sometimes called white fillings. The natural look that composite resin creates makes this material popular for fillings as well as the fabrication of crowns and in-lays.
Advantages of Composite Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-coloured composite restorations. Not only do they look natural, they form a tight bond with the surrounding tooth structure, minimizing food and bacteria from entering the tooth.
When a substantial amount of the tooth structure is lost, composite fillings are beneficial in restoring the strength and structure of the tooth.
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth-Colored Restoration
Replacing amalgam fillings with composite is a common procedure performed at Delight Dental Clinic. We can switch your silver-coloured fillings for natural looking composite resin restorations which is a one-appointment process.