Amalgam is a combination of metals that has been used in dentistry for more than 150 years. It is still commonly used today and called silver fillings. Amlagam fillings are 50% mercury in weight. We will discuss the potential benefits and risks of Amalgams before making a choice.
Composite is a tooth colored filling material. They have been used in dentistry for many decades but are constantly improved and enhanced and are used widely in the restoration of anterior and posterior teeth.
The single great advantage of composites is that they are placed and hardened in the dental chair. They are time efficient and relatively inexpensive and do not usually require specialist laboratory construction. Depending on the size, they can take about an hour to complete. If matched well they can be indistinguishable from the adjacent teeth.
Their use includes the restoration of dental cavities, the replacement of dental amalgam (metal alloys), and the restoration of teeth when they have been worn or chipped away. In addition, composites are often used for aesthetic reasons to enhance the contour, shape, colouring or relative position of the front teeth.
Our well-established, welcoming dental practice has been serving the needs of the East Dunbartonshire community for more than 25 years.
Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
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