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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Toowong.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about the changes or wish to book your next appointment, please visit our new website or contact our friendly team on (07) 3870 3220.

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White Composite Fillings

Want to remove your old amalgam fillings? Contact Jephson Street Dental on (07) 3870 3220 for a safe removal!

Even with the most thorough brushing and flossing routine many people will at some stage, require a filling, either because of tooth decay or an accident that has caused a tooth to fracture or become weak.

Due to their natural appearance and strength, white composite fillings are becoming an increasingly popular choice with patients over the more traditional amalgam (silver) fillings, especially for front or exposed teeth as they are able to be colour matched, making them indistinguishable from your natural teeth..

Another major benefit of white fillings when compared to amalgam; is that amalgam is sensitive to heat and cold and as such will expand and contract. This can lead to the amalgam filling causing tooth fractures, detaching, becoming loose and ultimately falling out. Composite filings are able to be moulded to an exact fit, polished to a translucent shine and are not temperature sensitive.

Benefits of white fillings

The popularity of cosmetic dentistry has endeared the concept of enhancing smile aesthetics to a new generation of dental patients. This can easily be evidenced from the growing number of patients who are opting for white composite fillings. The reason for choosing the modern alternative to unsightly dental amalgams, however, goes beyond the obvious benefit of keeping your smile white.

White composite fillings (or simply white fillings) represent a new form of dental treatment for cavities. Patients with newly developed cavities choose white fillings for their technologically advanced properties, direct bonding method and more aesthetic appearance.

Patients with amalgam fillings can also replace the older standard materials with composite fillings. Some patients choose to remove their silver amalgam fillings due to health concerns or aesthetic reasons. You can read about them below, but first let’s look at the benefits that composite white fillings offer:

New generation fillings

Advances in dental material science have produced the synthetic material that is as versatile as it is visually appealing. Made up of glass, quartz and other materials mixed with a resin compound, the composite resin material can be customised to meet both your aesthetic as well as restorative needs. Not only does it allow the dentist to mould a filling to perfectly fill your cavity, the restoration will precisely match your tooth colour and mimic natural tooth properties to give the same shine and translucent quality.

The material composition can be adapted to suit different needs and tooth conditions. For example, the dentist may appropriate a more durable type of fillings for use on your molar teeth as opposed to a “less rugged” version for your front teeth, according to their respective chewing loads. By simply varying the composition of the fillings, the dentist can achieve a unique balance of flexibility and beauty for every single restoration.

Colour match

One of the clearer advantages of white fillings has to be the aesthetic finish of the restoration. Unlike gold and amalgam fillings that display the fact that you had a tooth restored, no one would be able to detect a composite filling in your mouth. Composite resins offer a natural tooth-coloured appearance and lifelike quality that is indistinguishable from real teeth. Available in a wide palette of shades, white fillings can be precisely colour-matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth colour.

Direct bonding

Composite resin materials are also known as direct filling materials. That means they are directly bonded to the tooth, a procedure that allows minimal tooth reduction at the preparation stage. This represents an advantage over amalgam fillings that are mechanically held in place.

Amalgam placements require dentists to place undercuts in the dental preparation, necessitating the removal of healthy tooth structure. Since the original structure of the prepared tooth is being compromised as a procedural necessity, amalgam placements render the tooth more prone to leakage and breakage, as compared to the direct bonding method. Conversely speaking, the direct bonding method better preserves the original strength and structure of your original tooth.

Composite resin materials are bonded to your tooth using a safe and effective light curing method. The light source activates the material and generates a chemical reaction that makes direct bonding between the tooth and restoration possible.

Should amalgam fillings be replaced?

Dental amalgam is an alloy made up of mercury, silver, copper, tin and other metallic elements. In the past, dentists offered amalgams as a standard filling material. Due to the lack of cost effective alternative materials – and the fact that they are able to withstand high chewing loads – the metal alloy fillings have for a long time been used almost exclusively, with the exception of gold fillings.

Patients with old amalgam fillings now have the option of replacing them with white fillings. One reason for amalgam removal is to avoid potential health risks associated with mercury vapour released from amalgam fillings. Although mercury exposure from dental amalgam is extremely low, it does not completely rule out the risks of prolonged exposure as fillings often remain in the mouth for 10 years or more. Nevertheless, the Australian Dental Association considers amalgams safe and efficient as a filling material. 

Another perceived drawback of dental amalgam is increased tooth sensitivity when the filling comes into contact with hot or cold beverages/ food, caused by the metal expanding or shrinking according to temperature changes. Amalgam fillings are also believed to expand slightly over time, causing micro fractures or chips in the tooth.

Finally there’s the appearance factor. Due to their silver-coloured appearance, dental amalgams are easy to spot in your mouth. That is why they tend to be placed in a less noticeable area of your mouth. Whether for aesthetic reasons or health concerns, you now have the option to replace your old amalgam fillings with the modern alternative of white fillings. If you are not sure about what to do with your dental amalgams, you should talk to your dentist to find out the best possible options for your unique situation. 

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