Amalgam Fillings

When your dentist finds tooth decay, to prevent pain and further decay, you need to have the decay removed. Removing the decay leaves a void in your tooth that must be filled. There are several filling options available; one of the more common but also more controversial options is an amalgam filling.

An amalgam filling is an alloy made from mercury and other metals, such as copper, silver and tin. Your dentist prepares an amalgam filling by mixing liquid mercury with a powder containing the other metal components. Millions of dental patients in the United Kingdom receive amalgam fillings every year.

There are several advantages to amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are relatively inexpensive when compared to other filling options. The dental work can be completed in just one visit. The fillings are very strong, which is especially important for back teeth that must withstand extreme bite forces. These advantages are why amalgam fillings are among the most popular options.

Amalgam fillings also have several disadvantages. Following placement, amalgam fillings can cause extreme hot and cold sensitivity. This should subside in a few weeks; if it doesn’t, you need to return to your dentist. In rare cases, some patients may develop an allergy to the mercury or one of the other metals in the amalgam compound. If you notice an itchy skin rash following placement, you may need to have the filling replaced with a different material. Pregnant women should not get amalgam fillings, as mercury passes through the placenta barrier and can harm the fetus. The most common complaint about amalgam fillings is the unattractive appearance. The silver color may make you feel less confident about your smile and may show in the back teeth when you laugh.

The controversy surrounding amalgams has to do with the mercury content. When chewing, the amalgam releases small amounts of mercury vapor that you then inhale. Health agencies say that the mercury content is too low to harm you. People opposed to amalgams, however, believe that the potential side effects have not been studied thoroughly enough. Amalgams have been in use for over a hundred years; and, most studies suggest that the only real danger is to your dentist, who handles the liquid mercury on a regular basis.

If you are concerned about the possible disadvantages associated with amalgam fillings, talk to your dentist about it. Given all of the information about risks, costs and aesthetics you can make the best decision for your long-term health and comfort.

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Dental bonding has its own limitations due to which it is considered suitable only for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic problems as well as for teeth correction in low bite pressure areas.

The Good

  • Dental bonding is the most common and easy procedure in cosmetic dentistry.
  • The procedure can be performed in the dental clinic.
  • Usually anesthesia is not required unless the teeth are decayed.
  • The procedure can be completed in a single visit to the dental clinic unless several teeth are involved.
  • During the procedure, very little or no dental enamel is removed.
  • The duration of the procedure is between 30 to 40 minutes.
  • It is not an expensive procedure.


Some Considerations

  • The dental bonding material is not very strong as compared to other procedures.
  • As compared to crowns, veneers etc. dental bonding can easily chip off or break.
  • Dental bonding is not a long lasting procedure and may need replacement in a few years.
  • The material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant but when compared with crowns, the stain resisting property is inferior.
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Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied on the tooth with the help of adhesives and a high intensity curing light.  This material bonds with the tooth and gives a natural appearance. It is a painless procedure which can be done in minutes.

 The uses of dental bonding:

  • For improving the look of discolored teeth.
  • For repairing decayed or rotten teeth.
  • For repairing broken, chipped or cracked teeth.
  • For filling gaps between teeth.
  • For altering the shape or color of teeth.
  • For making the teeth last longer.
  • For replacing amalgam fillings.
  • For providing protection to the exposed dental root due to gum receding.


Procedure of dental bonding:


  • Painless procedure usually performed without anesthesia.
  • Anesthesia may be needed if used for decayed teeth.
  • The dentist selects the matching color of composite resin with the help of a shade guide.
  • Then the dentist roughens the tooth surface and applies conditioning liquid.
  • Next the tooth colored resin is pasted, molded in the desired shape, and is smoothed out.
  • Now the material is made to harden by using ultraviolet light or laser.
  • Finally the tooth is trimmed and polished to make it resemble closely with the adjoining teeth.
  • The whole procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth.



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When it comes to choosing toothpaste, the job can be really confusing- especially when you have a variety of toothpaste available in the market. So, when buying toothpaste, it is better to first consider your oral needs and then invest in the right product.

Fluoride-based toothpaste

Yes, fluoride is an essential element in any toothpaste. It doesn’t matter whether you use your toothpaste in gel, powder or paste form, what matter more is the fluoride content in the toothpaste and the ability of the toothpaste to clean your teeth and protect them from cavities.  Fluoride plays an important role in strengthening the enamel and fighting decay and toothpastes with the right amount of fluoride can be highly effective in removing stains, polishing the teeth and giving you a refreshing feeling.

Are your teeth sensitive?

If you have a problem of tooth sensitivity, you should consider using a desensitizing paste that contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These types of toothpastes take around four to six weeks to yield results, so have patience and consult your dentist in case of any problems with the use of the toothpaste.

Shouldn’t it offer tartar control?

If a toothpaste advertises “tartar control”, it means it contains pyrophosphate. Even though this agent hasn’t been proved to remove tartar, it has been found to be linked with reducing the formation of tartar.

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Tooth Health: Fizzy Drinks & Teeth

by on April 3, 2012 | Posted in diet

Have you ever counted the number of pop or soda glasses you consume every day? While fizzy drinks are simply irresistible for most people, they are one of the major contributors to most dental and health problems.

A majority of fizzy drinks have sugar in surplus amounts that participates in tooth decay and other dental problems. But, how could a single glass of pop harm you? You may not know this but just one glass actually has sugar in an amount equal to around three to four chocolate bars. Now, you can easily imagine the harmful effects the continuous supply of excessive sugar will have on your teeth.

Apart from excessive levels of sugar, most fizzy drinks contain phosphoric acid along with citric acid that actually offers a sour flavor to the drinks you consume. These acids are actively involved in tooth enamel erosion, which can have severe dental health consequences. Once your enamel has softened, the erosion from these acids starts at a much faster rate, which keeps on weakening your teeth as time goes on.

At the end of the day, limiting your intake of sugary beverages is the most ideal solution for preventing severe consequences. Remember, good oral hygiene practices combined with regular dental checkups will always keep you away from getting into dental trouble.

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Is the Cleaning Enough?

No doubt, dental implants are the ideal solution to give your teeth that perfect look,. But unfortunately, not many people know how to take care of their teeth well. What you need to understand is the fact that your dental implants would need the same kind of care and attention as your regular regular teeth need. So, ignoring the importance of flossing and brushing implants on a regular basis will invite trouble on the long run. You may consider using gauze or special floss for flossing around your teeth, abutments as well as gums on a regular basis.

Do You Brush Properly?

Brushing the implants should be considered no different than brushing regular teeth. Thorough brushing of teeth can be ensured when you take more time to focus on cleaning your back teeth as well as the teeth in between. It is better to use a brush with soft bristles that has a bent handle for cleaning behind the abutments as well as the teeth. You may even consider using an oral irrigation device for further cleaning. Removable dental implants should also be brushed regularly.

How Often Do You Visit Your Dentist?

It’s time to realize the importance of paying regular visits to your dentist at Worthing Dental Centre- especially if you have experienced an oral treatment like dental implants. Once in every six months, you need thorough teeth cleaning as well as plaque removal. Regular dental visits are also important in terms of proper placement as well as repair of your dental implants.

Mouth Wash is a Must

Your dentist may recommend using special mouthwash after getting the implants, which helps in reducing bacteria in the mouth. The mouthwash will play an important role in reducing the chances of any post operative infections for patients having dental implants.

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