For many years, “amalgam” or metal-based fillings, and gold crowns and bridges were the norm in restoring damaged teeth. Although not visually appealing, these metals were regarded as the best solution for managing tooth restoration. A vigorous debate has arisen in the dental profession about possible health risks resulting from having these various metals in a patient’s mouth for extended periods of time, though no conclusive research has been offered.
Today, metal-free dentistry, as practised by the Corne Smith Dentistry team, completely side-steps the debate by providing a safe, visually-appealing and more structurally-sound solutions for tooth restoration.
We use a safe Protocol when replacing amalgam fillings with state-of-the-art synthetic, tooth-coloured compounds that offer distinct advantages over “old-style” metals:
– These materials have high strength, yet do not damage the opposing teeth
– They are attached to the existing tooth structure by bonding, with very strong adhesion
– The material can be sculpted for a custom fit, even after it has been bonded inside the mouth.
Metal-Free Dental Fillings
White fillings can be done with porcelain or resin material. The colour matches your existing teeth, so they blend in well with the affected tooth and the surrounding teeth. The CSD Team create aesthetically pleasing fillings that mimic natural teeth.
Resin White Fillings (Composite):
White fillings are made from a composite or resin material. This is a soft material that is moulded into the cavity and cured with a curing light, which hardens it.
Composite resins, or tooth-coloured fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracturing in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth and are a good choice for people who prefer a more natural look to their fillings.
Composite fillings have an average lifespan of 5 to 10 years. This is highly dependent on oral hygiene and care taken after the filling was placed.
Composite Fillings Have Several Advantages:
They are bonded to the tooth. This process ensures maximum retention and seals off the teeth on the margin where the filling is placed. The bonding techniques and materials have evolved incredibly in the past decade. The correct bonding process will result in a durable, natural-looking filling with little to no post-operative sensitivity.
Ceramic Or Porcelain White Fillings:
Ceramic fillings are often called inlays or overlays. It is either fabricated by a dental laboratory or with CEREC CADCAM. Ceramic fillings are made from a ceramic compound and are almost as strong as natural teeth.
At Corne Smith Dentistry, Claremont Cape Town we can also remove any old amalgam fillings and replace them with the upgrade version of the composite or porcelain fillings, schedule your appointment with the CSD Team now for your dental care.