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Treatments - White Fillings

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Why should I choose white fillings?

Many people request white composite fillings instead of silver amalgam for aesthetic reasons and out of concern of the perceived toxicity of mercury amalgam. In certain scenarios white fillings involve less drilling of the tooth because the cavity does not have to be shaped as much for a silver amalgam filling. White fillings can be matched to the colour of your teeth and they can restore the natural beauty of teeth.

Are white fillings as good as silver amalgam fillings?

White fillings have always been considered less durable than silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Your dentist can advise you on the life expectancy of your fillings.