In order to treat tooth decays, Cosmetic Filling is one of the Dental Procedures in which a material such as silver amalgam or a composite (white) filling is used. It is inserted into the tooth where it prevents the further spread of decay and repairs any damage.
This also removes the need for a tooth extraction by stopping the decay from spreading into the root where it will cause a serious infection. The silver amalgam filling is composed of various metals such as copper, tin and mercury. This is a synthetic combination of acrylic resin and glass, this composite white coloured filling thereby enabling it to match the colour of the tooth. This is also chosen for aesthetic reasons as many people matches the rest of the teeth rather than the distinctive silver filling. This combination helps to retain the normal function of the tooth.
Advantages of Cosmetic Fillings
The advantages of Silver Amalgam Cosmetic Fillings are:
- Less Extensive
- Easy to care
How Cosmetic Filling is performed?
The dentist drill a small hole within the affected tooth which is then packed with the filling. The same procedure is applied for both the silver amalgam and composite white fillings. The only difference is that the dentist will give the composite filling a final polish to ensure that it has that clean, white look and fits in with the rest of your teeth.