Should I replace my amalgam fillings?

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Dr Maliha Siddiqui

General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Not too long ago, amalgam was the material of choice for dentists when placing fillings. Amalgam fillings, when properly done, were inexpensive, easy to place and long lasting. As dentistry has evolved, however, the disadvantages of amalgam have become more apparent. Apart from a lack of visual appeal, one of the main disadvantages of amalgam Read more...

What are the differences between porcelain fillings and composite fillings?

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Dr Jacques Theron

General Dental Care
BChD (Pret)

When it comes to dental fillings, patients’ expectations have increased in recent times. Nowadays, aesthetics rank highly among these expectations and are for some patients the main reason for visiting a dentist in the first place. In order to mask or hide fillings on teeth, it is imperative that our filling material should mimic the Read more...

How long do porcelain fillings last?

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Dr Jesse Becker

General Dental Care
BS (CSU), BDS, PgDipSci (Otago)

Most people are familiar with fillings and probably have at least one or two. Among the different materials used for fillings, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, porcelain fillings often receive the highest praise, simply because of their longevity. But what my patients really want to know is how long do they actually last?  Read more...

Can I replace my amalgam fillings with porcelain fillings?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Patient question: I’d like to have my amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a porcelain filling, but some are quite large. Is this possible? Answer: Most people choose to replace silver or amalgam fillings with white or porcelain fillings, the most common type being composite or plastic resin. These are put into your teeth soft Read more...

Porcelain fillings and composite fillings: What are the differences and what costs are involved?

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Dr Thorsten Dannheimer

General Dental Care
BChD (Pret), Dip.Odont (Oral Surgery) (Pret)

One of the most common misconceptions we find in dentistry is that many people think all white fillings are the same. This is far from the truth. There are fundamentally two different types of white fillings – porcelain and resin. We often compare the difference between porcelain fillings and composite fillings like the difference between your Read more...

Why do white fillings need to be replaced so often?

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Dr Silvia Ciach

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

The problem with some white fillings Not all white fillings are the same. White fillings made from composite resin often have a short lifespan due to the limitations of this material, especially when used for the back teeth. Over a period of time, the composite resin material can suffer from discoloration, marginal breakdown, chipping and Read more...