All You Need to Know About Dental Fillings

Girl getting a dental fillingDentists in the United Kingdom use fillings to repair tooth decay. Amalgam and composite white fillings are the usual options for many clinics, such as Jiva Dental. A private dentist in Kingston upon Thames will see to it that you leave with a reconstructed tooth and better oral health.


The traditional filling used by dentists is composed of an amalgam of copper, silver, zinc, and tin. The mixture becomes a malleable and soft material that eventually hardens to fill the cavity in your tooth. These metals are durable and usually recommended for large areas of damage due to tooth decay. Since they are durable, amalgam also referred to as silver fillings, are placed in molars used for chewing. Amalgam is usually not prescribed for children below six years old. For 180 years, amalgam fillings have been at the forefront of restorative dentistry. In recent times, the material has come to controversy, specifically on the potential toxic effects of mercury. Nevertheless, since the mercury is locked within, studies support the safety of amalgam fillings. The World Health Organization also vouches for the safety and reliability of dental amalgam.


Dental composites are composed of a mixture of plastics, silica, and dimethylglyoxime, which is a binding agent. Composite or white fillings are appropriate for particular repair work. They may have to be replaced more often, depending on the usage. They are also more expensive than traditional amalgam. Composites have changed cosmetic dentistry. It takes longer to restore a damaged tooth with white fillings. The dentist must take care to ensure the hole is clean and dry while filling it with the material. When composite resin dries, it becomes hard, and the resulting outcome is a tooth restored to its original shape and form. Who says you have to suffer through the discomfort and embarrassment of tooth decay? Ask your local dentist about amalgam and composite fillings.