Himachal Dental


Tooth Colored Fillings Vs Amalgam Fillings

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on December 21, 2010
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Many of us have received amalgam (silver) fillings, but Dr. Goma’s cosmetic dentistry practice has made noticeable metal fillings a thing of the past. Aside from creating a more appealing smile visually, metal-free fillings may also be better for your health. Despite warnings and scientific proof that metal-free fillings are a better choice than metal amalgam fillings, many patients are not well-informed as to the benefits of metal-free fillings and the risks of metal amalgam fillings.For over 100 years, dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth.   These materials contain about 50% mercury combined with silver and other metals.  The worked well but they are not only ugly and unnatural in appearance, but they have the potential of creating fractures in the teeth cause by the expansion and contraction of the mercury within the filling.  In the past the only other alternative was gold and that was too expensive for most folks.

For about the last 10 years or so there has been an economical way to beautifully restore teeth in the Shimla area  using tooth-colored resin fillings.  The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix which is like clay as we mould it and shape its surface.  We bond the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light.  This hardens the material and allows it to be shaped and polished for immediate use.

Once completed, the tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Because these fillings bond to the teeth they can remain very small whereas in the past the silver-mercury fillings had to have a large hole drilled to hold the filling in place.  Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and last longer than the old silver-amalgam fillings.

Resin restorations are slightly more costly than the amalgam fillings because of the time and expertise required to place them is much greater.  The benefits of increased natural beauty and safety are worth the difference in price.

Because of its durability, dental amalgam (mercury based) are still widely used in India. With new types of tooth colored fillings, most dentists are gradually phasing out its use.  This is a matter of  personal choice to ensure that our patients are not exposed to unnecessary health risk but is definitely a good news for concerned patients with old amalgam fillings.Please call our Goma Dental office at  177-6450704 to have any questions you may have about the benefits of resin restorations

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