White fillings have been the material of choice for tooth fillings for more than two decades, and advances in materials and techniques mean that our white fillings are even more natural looking, more polished, and have an improved combination of strength, finish and longevity than ever before.
Time to Replace Your Old, Amalgam Fillings?
Old failing, black metal amalgam fillings hold potential for future problems within our teeth. Time is showing that old amalgam restorations and dental fillings create stress on the surrounding tooth structure, and in the end, teeth can crack and break down, or decay could leak underneath these fillings.
If treated early, teeth have better long-term prognosis. At Smile Artistry, we can advise when it is time to replace old amalgam fillings.
Are White Fillings Right for You?
White fillings are a great treatment option for many people, though in the case of teeth that have larger holes or cracks, we may recommend using porcelain crowns or porcelain onlays to restore the tooth to full strength. Porcelain onlays are stronger, and will usually outlast white fillings. This returns the integrity to your tooth, and helps to prevent fatal fractures, and further breakdown that could lead to root canal treatment or extraction.
Below is a patient who had fissure decay and an old grey amalgam filling. The teeth were restored with IPS Empress Direct white fillings.