Why would you need a dental fillings?
It is best to get a check-up if you feel any pain or discomfort. We offer emergency appointments for serious cases. If you notice one or more of of these symptoms, you may need a tooth filling.
- Presence of pain in one or more teeth
- Brown spots or discolourations at the grooves of your teeth
- Brown spots or black discolourations at the sides of your teeth
- A small part of your tooth has chipped off
- Localised hypersensitivity when drinking cold beverages
If you think you may need one, contact us as soon as possible, early treatment can save the tooth and prevent further damage to your tooth.
Types of Dental Filling Material
There are several dental filling materials used to restore a tooth. The location and extent of decay will most likely identify which dental filling material will be appropriate for you.
Gold is the oldest restorative dental filling material, having been used for dental repairs for more than 4000 years. The use of gold in dentistry remains significant today due to its durability that can last at least 10-15 years and usually longer.
Gold fillings can withstand chewing forces. However, aesthetically, most patients dislike metal fillings and prefer tooth-coloured filling materials. Gold fillings are also the most expensive tooth filling material since it consists 75% gold with the remainder being made up of palladium, silver, and a few other minor metals.
Amalgam is a tooth filling used probably more than 200 years ago. It is made through amalgamation of various metals such as mercury, silver, tin, and copper. It is often called as silver tooth filling due to its silver metal appearance. Most patients do not like amalgam fillings due to its silver appearance.
Composite Resin / White Filling
This the most commonly used type of tooth filling nowadays. We use tooth-coloured composite to mimic the shade of your tooth. Composite is highly aesthetic and is applied directly to your tooth surface.
Amalgam (Metal) vs Composite (White)
Both amalgam and composite are the two most commonly used tooth filling in dentistry. However, what’s the difference? At Milltown Dental Clinic we prefer to use White Composite fillings.
- Amalgam appears to be metallic while composite looks like normal tooth surface.
- Amalgam may corrode while composite does not.
- Amalgam has high wear resistance than composite.
- Amalgam may stain the tooth while composite would not.
- Amalgam conducts heat while composite does not.
- Amalgam is more affordable than composite
- Amalgam is more suitable to teeth at the back of the mouth while composite is used for teeth in front of the mouth