Fillings – What we use and why we use them.
There are many types of materials and procedures available to restore decayed, worn or broken teeth but we are yet to find a filling which is perfectly compatible with the human body. At Natural Dentistry we avoid the use of known toxic materials such as mercury and can test to find out which filling would be best for you.
Amalgam the mercury containing filling is not used. Mercury is a toxic heavy metal which escapes from the filling and is absorbed into your body. This can cause a variety of health problems which are outlined more fully in the section on mercury.
There are four types of materials which can be used for fillings: glass ionomers, composite resin, porcelain and gold and these materials can sometimes be used in combination. Glass ionomer is too soft and not suitable by itself for most fillings. Gold and porcelain are more expensive to use so the most commonly used material is composite resin (tooth coloured plastic). Composite resin is ideal for small to medium size fillings.
If the fillings are large or the tooth badly decayed or broken then gold or porcelain maybe be recommended for longevity.
Sometimes crown or caps are recommended.