Erskine Dental Care provides a full white and mercury fillings service at our dental practice.
Some further information:
|It is always better to prevent cavities from arising but sometimes teeth do develop decay.|
|When a tooth develops decay, or caries, it will usually require a filling to remove the damaged portion and to help repair the affected part of the tooth.|
|It is easier and less invasive to fix a tooth the when the decay is diagnosed early. The larger or deeper the decay is, the higher the chance that the tooth may “flare up” at a later point.|
|Tooth coloured, or white fillings, can be used to successfully repair most cavities. Mercury, or metal fillings, are used mainly to repair back teeth.|
|Under the NHS, white fillings can be placed on incisors and canine (eye) teeth as well as non-biting surfaces of pre molars and molars.|
Please see the chart below for a comparison of white and mercury fillings.
|WHITE (COMPOSITE) FILLINGS||MERCURY (AMALGAM) FILLINGS|
|Appearance:||Usually blends with tooth colour.||May be noticeable due to silver colour.|
|Lifespan:||Similar to Mercury.||Similar to Composite.|
|Cost:||£87.50.||Up to £20.|
|Health of Tooth:||Minimal amounts of healthy tooth are removed.||Excessive healthy tooth has to be removed.|
|Patient Safety:||No restrictions regarding placement, unless known allergy.||NHS regulations advise against placement or removal in pregnant and nursing mothers. Some people allergic.|
|Effect on Tooth Strength:||Strengthens a decayed tooth.||May weaken a decayed due to heat expansion and removal of healthy tooth.|
|Effect on Environment:||Standard waste removal protocols apply||May weaken a decayed due to heat expansion and removal of healthy tooth.
Un-used filling material placed in hazardous waste.
Filling materials removed from teeth placed in hazardous waste.
Cannot incinerate due to release of toxic Mercury vapour.
|Ingredients:||Inert Silica, BISGMA.||>50% Mercury also- Silver, Tin, Copper and Zinc|
See the pictures below for a before and after photo of a white filling.
See the pictures below for a before and after photo of a mercury filling.
If you have any questions regarding permanent filling materials, ask your Dentist next time you visit the Practice.