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Why Have Composite Fillings Over Amalgam?

When it comes to dentistry this is a very controversial topic that has drawn a lot of attention from the media in the past. The reason why this is controversial is because of what is contained in the old amalgam fillings that have been commonly placed in the past. They are not very commonly used any more, as the preferred option tends to be white fillings.

The amalgam fillings contains a substance known as mercury, which can be harmful to humans (mercury poisoning). There hasn’t been any definitive research to say that amalgam fillings can lead to mercury poisoning, but there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the subject.

At our practice we are very proud to be a mercury free clinic and do not advocate the use of the old silver amalgam fillings. We opt for the more natural and friendlier composite white fillings material.

Amalgam Danger

The danger associated with having the amalgam fillings is not the filling being in the tooth but the possibility that the filling may crack and therefore leak mercury into your mouth. As it stands, a silver filling in your mouth will not have a cause for concern as the mercury will be sealed inside.

Safely Removing Old Amalgam Fillings

It is becoming more and more common for people to have their old fillings removed and replaced with the friendlier composite fillings. When this procedure is carried out it needs to be carefully done to ensure that all the remnants of the old fillings is carefully removed and there is no leakage. This is done by using a rubber dam protective barrier and high pressure suction to suck all the debris away. We always ensure all safety protocols are followed strictly.

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White Fillings In Solihull

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Fillings are quite a typical and standard treatment that dentists offer. They are important as they will be used to fill up any cavities in your teeth. Cavities are holes that appear in the teeth when your teeth have suffered from decay.

Decay occurs when bacteria builds up on your teeth, which turns into an acidic substance, and eats into the structure of your teeth. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by practising a healthy oral hygiene routine, where you brush, floss and use mouth wash.

One of the main culprits of tooth decay is caused by what you eat and drink. Sugary foods and drinks are often the worse culprits in causing cavities.

What To Do When A Cavity Appears

When a cavity appears, the best course of action is to have a filling. This will help fill up the hole and prevent an infection from reaching the nerve of your teeth. One of the big concerns of having holes in the teeth, is the fact that infections can occur and can go deep into the tooth, causing pain and in the worst case scenarios, killing the tooth.

Why White Fillings

Traditionally, silver fillings used to be the most common type of filling used to fill up cavities. Nowadays, we opt for a more friendly option, that does not contain amalgam, such as composite white fillings. These will act like normal fillings, but they will also blend in with your smile so you don’t have any noticeable fillings in your mouth.

If you have the old style of fillings and would like to improve the cosmetics of your smile as well, we also offer amalgam removal, where we will safely remove your silver fillings, and replace them with white composites.

To find out more information and see if white fillings are suitable for you, please book your free consultation today.

Silver Mercury Filling Replaced with White Composite – Case Study

Dr Gursh Bajwa saw this patient today. She was complaining of pain from the lower left molar.

The amalgam filling had tooth decay underneath it and it was replaced with a white composite filling. The patient was very happy with the final result!


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By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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