It is amazing to look back even 20 years and to marvel at all of the many changes in our society.
The world of dentistry is also a rapidly changing place. Fluoridation of our drinking water has made dental cavities much less prevalent and new techniques and materials have given dentists the ability to repair and restore their patient’s teeth more quickly and comfortably than ever before.
Many of us who grew up before the time of fluoridated water have a mouth full of silver fillings. These fillings known as amalgams, have proven to be extremely durable restorations, but let’s face it, they are not very pleasing to the eye. At the time they were placed, however, they represented the best that dentistry had to offer.
Fortunately, recent advances in dental materials have made it possible to use tooth coloured filling materials that can be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth to achieve long lasting and attractive restorations. In our practice, we use tooth coloured materials for almost all of the fillings that we place. We even use these materials to replace old amalgam fillings that have started to deteriorate or that simply detract from the appearance of our patient’s smiles.
Feel free to contact our office if you have any concerns about your old silver fillings or if you would like to know more about the new techniques and technologies that can make your next dental appointment easier and more comfortable than ever before. We are always happy to answer your questions.