More than four-fifths of people in Britain have at least one filling and each adult, on average, has seven. These figures shouldn’t come as a surprise though, especially when one in four adults admit they don’t brush their teeth and a quarter of Britons have not visited a dentist in more than two years.
If you are a smoker, heavy drinker or have a diet full of sugary sweets and drinks, you are at an increased risk of tooth decay, which will increase your chances of having fillings.
Fillings are used to fix a cavity in a tooth caused by decay. If the damage isn’t too serious, our cosmetic dentist at Grosvenor Dental Practice will remove it and restore the tooth using a white (tooth coloured) filling. Our dentists can safely replace silver amalgam fillings with white ones.
Dental decay happens when the enamel and dentine of a tooth become softened by acid attack, producing a hole and leading to toothache. Amalgam fillings used to be the standard material for all fillings. They have been around for almost 150 years. However, these are due to be phased out by 2020 in favour of white fillings due to the advances in technology. At Grosvenor Dental Practice, we strive to be ahead of the game. That’s why we endorse the use of white fillings now, unless in extreme circumstances.
White fillings have come such a long way in such a short space of time. Traditionally they were considered to be less durable than their amalgam counterparts but they have now surpassed them. Thanks to the advances in technology, white fillings can now survive everything you can throw at them and even outlive their amalgam cousins.
Of course their life expectancy depends on a number of factors (location in the mouth, general health of your teeth, etc) but they can give you much more of a natural look. For more details call 01782 848708 today.