Filling

 

What are fillings? 

 

A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or

through accidental damage. ‘Silver’ fillings are made of dental amalgam - a

mixture of mercury with other metals, including silver, tin and copper. You

may hear the dentist talk about ‘composite’ and ‘glass ionomer’ - these are

different types of tooth coloured filling material.

 

What fillings are available?

 

Amalgam - These traditional silver-coloured fillings are made from a

combination of metals including silver, tin and copper. Amalgam is very

hard-wearing, so it’s ideal for fillings in your back teeth. Amalgam fillings can

last for 20 to 40 years, as long you take good care of your teeth. 

 

Composite - Composite fillings are what people often call ‘white fillings’, but actually they can be

matched closely to the colour of your teeth. They look natural, so they’re great if your filling will be visible when                                                                  you smile, laugh or talk.

 

 

Tips to avoid fillings 

  • Avoiding/cutting down and managing your intake of sugary or acidic foods and drinks. If you sip                                                                                        on a sugary drink throughout  the day, for example, your teeth are exposed to the                                                                                                                    sugar for longer, and your mouth doesn’t have chance to recover

  • Seeing your dentist and dental hygienist regularly

  • Cleaning between your teeth before brushing

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes

  • Using the right toothpaste; your dentist or dental hygienist can advise you on what’s best for you

  • Changing your toothbrush (or electric toothbrush head) at least once every three months

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