Previously, our dental clinic used to have dental amalgam or silver fillings to fill in the cavities formed by the tooth decay. The silver fillings contained liquid mercury in it along with silver, tin and copper metals in powdered form. Due to the presence of mercury, chances of mercury poisoning were sky-high. The silver filling had been in use for quite a long time until scientists came up with a new idea to replace the silver fillings. Composite filling or while filling was introduced causing the drawbacks of dental amalgam to be removed.
White Fillings are mercury free and are made of a plastic, glass mixture. White fillings match the color of teeth and are used to treat decaying teeth. They are also used cosmetic smile enhancement. Along with filling the cavities, white fillings also strengthen the teeth structure. The composite filling can be changed easily as well when damaged or required, while small cavities can be easily filled. After the procedure of white filling, if decay occurs, it is very easy to spot and fix. These fillings are heat and cold resistant.
White fillings are extremely durable and last for 8-10 years if taken proper care of. Regular checkups are necessary for white fillings to remain safe from decay, bacteria or any other harmful source. Regular cleansing, brushing and flossing are also advised. With white fillings, you can easily enhance your natural smile!
Some advantages of white fillings are:
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