In the past, most people had metal amalgam fillings because there was no other option, but nowadays, most patients choose to have white fillings. There have been concerns raised over the safety of mercury amalgam fillings and white fillings provide a much more aesthetically pleasing alternative to mercury amalgam fillings. If you already have a metal filling, you can replace it with a white filling.
White fillings have a number of fillings; fillings are an effective means of making a decayed tooth stronger and they help to prevent the spread of infection in a decayed tooth. White fillings are made from composite material, which is designed to match the colour of the natural tooth, which means that the filling cannot be seen when you smile or open your mouth; in contrast, metal fillings are highly visible.
White fillings are considered to be safer and more environmentally friendly than mercury amalgam fillings in addition to the aesthetic benefits. If you already have mercury fillings and you are worried about safety concerns or you are fed up of seeing your filling when you smile, we can replace your old fillings with new fillings with ease so you can enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile.
Before a white filling can be placed, the old filling will be removed. We use the latest techniques and equipment to remove mercury amalgam safely and effectively. Once the filling has been removed completely, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly and the cavity will be etched; the filling material will then be poured into the cavity and set firm; this involves shining a curing light on the tooth. The procedure is not painless as the tooth will be anaesthetised with local anaesthetic first.
If you would like to find out more about white fillings or book an appointment to replace an old mercury amalgam filling, call the practice today in the heart of London!
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