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White and Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are slowly being phased out from dental surgeries. Although the material has been in use for 150 years, its safety is still being debated. In fact, tin, copper and mercury are potentially dangerous for our bodies. Additionally, amalgams are suitable only for fillings. They are not suitable for implants, replacing parts of lost teeth or as a root canal treatment.

That is why white fillings, also called aesthetic composite restorations or photo-composite fillings, are the most desirable way of treating teeth today. These are special dental resins cured by irradiation with a polymerization lamp.

  • Advantages of white fillings:
    • Minimal preparation (there is less drilling than with amalgams)
    • Aesthetics (they are the same color as the tooth)
    • Non-toxic
    • Able to reconstruct large caries and replace individual parts of teeth

Amalgams are still sought after in dental offices, mainly because of the lower cost and the belief that the negative effects are not entirely conclusive. Unfortunately, the negatives outweigh the positives. Unlike white fillings, which are “stuck” to the hard dental tissues, amalgams are only anchored mechanically to the tooth. Therefore, part of a healthy tooth must also be drilled to prevent an amalgam filling from falling out. Often, a large number of different cracks in the enamel occur until the tooth breaks. It should also be noted that the use of amalgams is prohibited in the Nordic countries and has not been used as a filling material for many years at Swiss universities.

Naše stomatologické centrum se specializuje nejen na preventivní a záchovnou stomatologii, ale i ošetření parodontologických pacientů. Pravidelně se zúčastňujeme kurzů a školení zaměřených na nejmodernější způsoby ošetření ve stomatologii a v dentální hygieně. Spolupracujeme s předními zubními laboratořemi v Brně.