Dental Fillings

In an ideal world, the decayed part of your tooth would be removed and replaced with healthy tooth tissue. Unfortunately tooth tissue does not regenerate or repair itself and we can�t manufacture enamel, so we must replace the lost tooth tissue with an artificial material.

Dentist�s have four basic types of filling materials to repair a tooth, resin (COMPOSITE), porcelain, silver amalgam and gold. It is your right to choose the filling material you desire. Each material has its pros and cons and it is important for you to have a basic understanding of the benefits and problems with each material so you can make the decision that is best for you.


There is a real demand from the public for natural coloured filling materials. The most popular tooth coloured fillings are plastic which dentists call resins composite fillings. These are popular because they look good and are moderately priced. The problem with the resin filling is the material may discolour over the period of time. With introduction of nano technology these material are strong enough to be placed in any situations. They are more technique sensitive compared to amalgams


If esthetics is most important to you then the best choice of filling material is porcelain. The porcelains are the best material for matching the colour and characteristic appearance of our teeth. Porcelain has good biocompatibility and durability but can chip, or crack.

Despite the minor problems with porcelain, veneers are tremendously successful and the industry standard for making front teeth beautiful. Porcelain can be used successfully in back teeth too.

Silver Amalgam

Silver amalgam dental fillings have been the most popularly used materials in dentistry for over 75 years. It is easy to use, strong, durable and the least expensive material. An amalgam filling can last 10, 20, and 30 years or even more. It has a proven track record, but the silver, grey-black colour displeases many patients. Mercury is part of the amalgam formula and there has been controversy as to whether the mercury is a health hazard risk. There has been no traditional scientific evidence of a health hazard risk.


The best filling material dentistry has to offer is gold. The gold alloy developed by dentistry matches the physical properties of enamel and dentin better than any other material. It means gold is the closest material to replacing lost tooth tissue with similarly behaving tissue.

The one physical property of teeth that gold does not match is colour. Gold fillings give the tightest seal to the tooth. Gold does not chip, crack or break. As a result gold fillings last the longest. Gold is an inert metal which does not corrode or tarnish. Best of all, gold is the most biocompatible filling material we have. If health is your main concern and you like fillings to last �forever� then gold is your best option.



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