Cosmetic fillings discussed….
When we consider our appearance, and our smile in particular, we tend to think of our front teeth as these are the most visible when we hold conversations or smile. Our rear teeth though can be easily forgotten and thought of purely as functional teeth for chewing food.
This is unfortunate because, however attractive our smile is, if we laugh, any rear teeth that have been filled with the traditional amalgam filling could be highly visible to others.
At Beau Monde Dental Care, our Bristol dentists have been offering tooth coloured fillings for our patients for a number of years.
Whilst there was, for some time, a debate about how strong these white fillings were, recent developments have seen them become stronger and they now offer sufficient strength for most fillings in the rear teeth too.
Because of this, our patients who have had them are able to laugh and smile freely, confident in the knowledge that they will not be revealing unattractive dark fillings when they do so.
An additional bonus for patients of Beau Monde Dental Care in Bristol, is that the latest tooth coloured fillings contain no amalgam. This is a controversial material based on mercury, which is currently used in the traditional dark-coloured fillings we are all very familiar with.
Whilst it has been deemed as safe by medical professions, there is also a general call for its use to be reduced or eliminated over time.
Whilst the risk is of mercury poisoning is very small, according to most medical professions; there is some concern that some people may be more susceptible to its effects and that long term issues such as headaches may occur over a long period of time.
Where a tooth, whether at the rear or the front of the mouth, has suffered damage or decay; a tooth coloured filling can be used to make repairs in many cases. However, alternative options such as a crown, inlay or onlay may be used where the damage is more extensive and where a ‘normal’ filling would not suffice. Like cosmetic fillings, crowns, onlays and inlays are all made to match the colour of your teeth to help maintain a natural appearance.
Whether you are interested in having a tooth coloured filling from a health or aesthetic perspective, we will be very pleased to help. Please call our Bristol dental practice today on 0117 330 3495.