Dental decay is a common dental problem that, if left untreated, can cause a lot of pain and pose a serious threat your dental health.
Dental decay is caused by the sugars in the foods we eat and drink reacting to the bacteria in plaque. When the two react, they create acids that soften and dissolve the enamel and dentine of a tooth. Over time, dental decay will cause a cavity (hole) in your tooth that needs filling to stop any further damage to your teeth.
Traditionally, fillings are made from silver or other metals that create an unsightly appearance in your mouth while also weakening the structure of your tooth. The visible fillings can stop you from achieving your perfect smile, affecting the way you feel and act.
How Do Invisible Fillings Work?
- Invisible fillings are completely undetectable.
- They are made from composite materials designed to exactly match the shade of your teeth, making them completely unnoticeable for a fuller, brighter smile.
- Unlike traditional fillings, invisible fillings restore between 85% and 95% of the original strength of your tooth, improving your overall dental health.
- Invisible fillings also don’t include any Mercury, making them safer.
- Dental amalgam is a metal alloy mixture used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay.
- Fillings are often used on your back teeth as they are hard-wearing, but they aren't as hard as your natural teeth.
- Tooth-colored 'Invisible fillings' now can be used to restore teeth. Therefore, amalgam is used less often than in the past.
- You should replace amalgam fillings when they are worn, broken or when there is decay beneath the filling.