Tag: amalgam filling

Dental fillings: porcelain, amalgam or composite resin?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (WA)

Dentistry has seen great changes in technology and materials used for dental fillings over the past few years. Let’s discuss the three main materials that have been used for fillings and how they differ from one another. Amalgam Amalgam silver-coloured dental fillings have been around since the 1800s. However, the type of material used today became Read more...

Why do I need a filling?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

There are many instances in which a filling is required. Normally dental fillings are needed when there is a cavity caused by one of the following:  tooth decay (caries) due to sugary diet and bacteria forming acids that dissolve the enamel and dentine. If left untreated, cavities can lead to serious dental problems – including Read more...

Should I replace my amalgam fillings?

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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...