- Teeth Whitening -
- Composite Fillings -
Two of the main filling materials used are amalgam and composite. Amalgam filings have been used for more than a hundred years, and consist of a blend of metals, including mercury. Composite fillings are plastic based, and rather than being a metallic silver colour, can be matched to the colour of your own teeth. They are both robust materials, and last well in the mouth.
Another significant difference between the two filling materials relates to the amount of tooth that needs to be cut away, and the circumstances in which they can be used:
Many patients now prefer composite fillings due to the improved aesthetics and more conservative preparation of the tooth required. There are occasions where one filling material may be preferable over the other; we will always seek to advise you of the best option in any particular circumstance.
Heathwood Dental Practice
1 Kings Road, Crowthorne,
Berkshire. RG45 7BF
Molar tooth before and after replacement of metal restoration with a composite filling