Fillings

Ever Been Told You Need A Filling But It Doesn't Hurt?

That’s because generally if you have decay that is not deep, it won’t.

And most of the time you won’t even know it’s there unless you come for your proper check.

But if you get to it quick enough, a filling may be all you need.

We place white filings under rubber dam to the point where it almost looks invisible.

And if it’s small enough, it should last long term… as long as you maintain it!

Which means hopefully it will never turn into a toothache.

 

Fillings and Restorations

A filling is an artificial material used to replace parts of the tooth that have been damaged by tooth decay or have fractured.

The treatment involves removing all the decay and sealing the hole in the tooth with materials to protect the remaining tooth from further decay, and to allow it to function normally.

At Beacon Cove Dental, we use composite resin fillings as a default and we’re proudly amalgam-free.

Replacing Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam (silver fillings) have been replaced with other methods of restoring a tooth for many reasons.

One of the main reasons is because of the nature of amalgam, it may expand causing the filled tooth to crack over time.

Composite resin fillings are one of the tooth coloured fillings that are commonly used and it is done by sculpting the material directly in the mouth.

Porcelain restoration on the other hand is fabricated in the laboratory based on an impression of your teeth and is stronger than the composite fillings.

Thus, many patients are replacing their amalgam for composite or porcelain fillings.

Amalgam removal is being done under high speed suction in order to reduce exposure to mercury vapour in the process.

The use of rubber dam greatly reduces the patients exposure to mercury vapour.

We're An Amalgam Free Clinic

People who are especially advised to avoid getting new amalgam fillings or having existing ones removed or replaced (where possible) include:

  • Pregnant women – mercury may cross the placenta and enter the bloodstream of the fetus.
  • Women who are breastfeeding – mercury may be passed to the baby through breast milk.
  • Children – growing and developing teeth are more sensitive to the effects of any chemical substances in the environment, including mercury.
  • People with kidney disease – high levels of mercury exposure can affect the kidneys, so exposure to mercury should be minimised for people with kidney disease.

 

While there is currently no scientific evidence directly linking amalgam with either ill health or birth defects, these recommendations have been made for precautionary reasons.

Ready To Try Dentistry With Heart?

All of our amazing dentists, hygienists and therapists are skilled up to the hilt, and have spent more than double the average time than general clinicians training in our special fields.

With our powers combined, you receive the best of the best.

And we do professionalism with lots of fun too.

Most importantly, nurture and care is in our team’s DNA, – so you will have the gentlest and most relaxing experience a dental visit can ever be.  

You have nothing to lose- book an initial consultation with us today and see what sets us apart.