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If you’re looking for a new dentist, we offer highly skilled dentists and caring, affordable, private dental care individually tailored just for you.
Dentistry is currently enjoying a renaissance with many exciting techniques and treatments that give our patients unrivalled choices about their oral health. InnoDent’s philosophy is all about offering these choices to you in a way that allows you to make informed decisions about your dental care and our dentists are happy to help you make the right choices when it comes to your teeth.
Our teams of carefully selected dentists and dental professionals have your personal wellbeing at the very heart of what they do.
By giving you time to discuss all the treatment options whilst using the available evidence to add weight to our suggestions, our dentists allow you to make informed choices about your oral health.
Dental fillings are a common and widely used treatment in modern dentistry. Dental fillings are typically made of dental amalgam, a metallic compound containing mercury that has been used for fillings for many decades. Fillings made of this amalgam are of a metallic hue and can give a grey tinge to the tooth.
Types of Filling
The following list gives you details of all the commonly used filling materials available in dentistry today:
The most commonly used tooth coloured direct filling. Nowhere in dentistry has the rate of advances in technology been more apparent than in the science of dental composites. From one colour materials that suffered from excessive wear 30 years ago to highly advanced materials which can exactly mimic the appearance of your tooth and which are incredibly tough and long lasting.
Composites are bonded into your tooth using state-of-the-art adhesive technology which can actually help to support the remaining tooth structure. Many people now have dental composites used for their fillings and it is often the case that when one of your old, grey dental amalgams needs replacing your dentist can use composite instead to restore the appearance of your tooth. At the front and back of your mouth dental composite can be the ideal choice.
For many years this was the most commonly used filling material.
A grey metallic material which contains mercury, amalgam is tough and long lasting, but very unattractive due to its colour and also of concern to many people due to its mercury content. Another key problem with amalgam is that it expands and contracts in the tooth due to temperature changes and some people feel that this can contribute to tooth fractures and cracks developing.
With the advent of high quality tooth coloured fillings, amalgam usage is now declining.
Replacing Amalgam Fillings
This is an increasingly popular choice for patients who do not want to have unsightly dark fillings in their teeth or who do not want mercury containing materials in their body. It is important to realise that when an amalgam filling is removed from your tooth, there is a small possibility that the nerve in the tooth can be injured by the procedure, particularly if the filling is deep and in close proximity to the nerve. Your dentist will ensure that they use techniques to minimise this risk but in a small number of cases, further treatment such as removal of the inflamed nerve may be required.
When you are having a dental amalgam removed your dentist will have evaluated your tooth using an x-ray to ensure that they are fully aware of the depth of the existing filling. By using a technique called dental dam to isolate your tooth from the rest of your mouth plus a water spray and a very powerful sucker (aspirator) your dentist ensures that the amalgam is all washed away during the procedure.