Replace Unsightly Amalgam Fillings – London Cosmetic Dentist
Only the very fortunate manage to get through life without the need to have a filling or two. However hard we try as parents, children will almost inevitably find a way of eating sweets and other things that are bad for their teeth. As they don’t have the wisdom, at the time, to realise the damage that is being done, they will invariably end up with several fillings over a period of time.
Usually, these fillings are of the standard amalgam type. This material, which is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper, has been used for many years with a great deal of success. Because of its strength, amalgam tends to be hard wearing and lasts a long time.
The drawback to this filling material, of course, is that it is not the same colour as your teeth, and, in fact, could not be more different. The silver grey colour of amalgam is quite visible in a lot of people when they laugh, revealing a mouth full of silver teeth.
Whilst amalgam has been popular for many years, there is now an alternative which gives much better aesthetic results. Tooth coloured fillings are gradually replacing standard amalgam, and despite earlier criticisms that it was not as strong as amalgam fillings, advances in dental technologies have improved them so that they can now be used even on the rear teeth which do most of the work, providing that the filling which is needed is not too extensive.
These tooth coloured fillings will be matched, by our Harley Street cosmetic dentist, to the exact shade of your own teeth which means that when you smile, no one will even know that your teeth have been filled at all.
There are a few different types of tooth coloured filling materials. The most straightforward of these is simple dental bonding. This is not suitable for many fillings though and is seen largely as a temporary measure. Stronger tooth coloured fillings are made from a mixture of glass and resin, along with a setting agent. These fillings are flexible and once placed into the cavity, are moulded into the correct shape before being hardened with a special light. During the procedure, your cosmetic dentist is likely to shield your tooth from moisture as this is likely to weaken the tooth. This protection will be removed once the procedure has finished although it is likely to be recommended that you avoid liquids for an hour or two as a precaution.
Along with other enhancement techniques such as teeth whitening or dental veneers, tooth coloured fillings can help restore your teeth to their former glory, bringing with it the confidence to smile and laugh in public without the fear of showing your amalgam filled teeth.