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Amalgam free dental fillings: we are a mercury free, also known as silver or amalgam free practice.

However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know with modern dentistry that by unavoidable design, amalgam / silver / mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Our Canberra Dentists are trained & experienced in the safe removal of amalgam / silver / mercury fillings if you have one.

We use composite (also known as White) teeth fillings which are tooth coloured & they can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.

Reasons for composite teeth fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.