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Fillings

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.


Fillings Comparison

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.


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