Can I replace silver fillings with white fillings?

Silver fillings - can they be relaced with white fillings?

Traditionally, fillings are made from a metal amalgamSingle surface silver filling. which is extremely durable and strong. However, it is not always aesthetically pleasing owing to the fact that it leaves your teeth looking grey, which can look artificial next to the natural white colour of your enamelHard calcified tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth..

As a result, the dental industry sought to create fillings that would be less noticeable in your mouth, and white fillings were developed. Originally, these were considered significantly weaker than metal fillings however as time has progressed, they have been improved, with white fillings being nearly as strong and durable as amalgam/silver fillings.

Also, if silver fillings have been fitted and begin to degrade, many patients now request that white fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain. be used as the replacement. This is a simple and straightforward process, in which the old metal fillings, as well as any decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure. which has festered, are removed. The dentist will request that you pick a colour for the new filling so that it matches your teeth.

A compositeSingle surface composite filling (white or tooth colored) performed on a tooth in the front of the mouth. material is then inserted into the cavityDecay in tooth caused by caries; also referred to as carious lesion. and the tooth is restored. The fillings are very durable and have a long lifespan. We advise that you maintain a regular and extensive oral hygiene programme, which includes, as a minimum, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. You should also refrain from excessive amounts of sugary foods and drinks or anything that may stain the white composite in the filling.

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