Amalgam and White fillings – animation and Qs & As

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AMALGAM & WHITE FILLINGS

Q What are amalgam fillings?

A Amalgam or silver fillings are the metal coloured fillings that many people have. Amalgam was the traditional material used for fillings for many years.

Q Why should I consider white fillings?

A Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people donÂ’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.

Q Can I get them on the NHS?

A The National Health Service will not usually allow white fillings on the biting surfaces of back teeth. However, this does not apply to the sides of back teeth or to any front teeth.

There is a slight chance that some people may be sensitive to the metals used in silver amalgam fillings. If this sensitivity is proven, it may be best to replace the amalgam fillings with another type. (In very exceptional cases these replacements may be available on the NHS, if a consultant decides that a patient is extremely sensitive to these materials and asks for them to be replaced.)

Q Are they expensive?

A Because many white fillings are only available privately, costs can vary quite a lot from dentist to dentist. Costs usually depend on the size and type of white filling used and the time it takes to complete the treatment. Costs may also vary from region to region. As a guide, white fillings start from around ÂŁ40 each, but your dentist will be able to give you an idea of the cost before you agree to treatment.

Q Are they as good as silver amalgam fillings?

A White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than
silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Your dentist can advise you on the life expectancy of your fillings. However, any fillings provided on the NHS are automatically guaranteed for one year.

Q Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?

A It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material.

Some dentists prefer not to put white fillings in back teeth, as they are not always successful. One way around this would be to use crowns or inlays, but this can mean removing more of the tooth and can be more expensive.

Q What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?

A This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient. Your dentist should be able to give you more information about the particular material that they use.

Q Where can I get them done?

A Most dental practices offer white fillings as a normal part of the treatment they give you. However, white fillings are classed as a ‘cosmetic’ treatment, and you can therefore only have them if you pay for them.

Q Are there any alternatives to fillings?

A Adhesive dentistry is another form of this treatment. This involves bonding the filling to the tooth. The dentist has to remove less of the tooth, which is obviously better.

As we have already said, there are alternatives such as crowns and inlays although they can cost a lot more. Veneers can be used on front teeth instead of crowns or fillings.

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Smoking ban promotes whiter teeth

London: he number of people having their teeth whitened has increased since the smoking ban came into force.

The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) said there had been a “marked increase” in demand for whitening treatments since the UK ban was introduced on July 1.

BACD board members reported the rise, with some practices seeing the number of people opting for treatments shoot up 40%.

On average, respondents noted an increase of 12%. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, followed by white fillings, veneers, crowns and bridges.

Christopher Orr, a dentist and BACD president, said: “It appears people are smoking less now due to the ban, so it is not a surprise that many would like an improved smile to go with their better health.

“Once they reduce or even stop their consumption of cigarettes altogether, people notice the visible damage done to their teeth and for the first time feel confident enough to do something about it.

“Patients also realise that the cost savings of quitting smoking mean they can treat themselves to a cosmetic procedure, which even offers an anti-ageing effect.”

A previous BACD survey found that four out of five people were unhappy with their smiles and up to a fifth concealed their teeth in photos.

Nurse can I see the wine list?

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London: UK hospitals are used to being criticised for the food and drink they serve. However, at the renowned King Edward VIIÂ’s private hospital (pictured right) in London patients benefit from the introduction of a fine wine list on a par with the finest restaurants.

Berry Bros. & Rudd, the fine wine merchants in St. JamesÂ’s Street, London has developed a list of fine wines and Champagnes to compliment the sophisticated menus on offer to patients at King Edward VIIÂ’s Hospital.

King EdwardÂ’s chief executive Clive Bath says:

“It made sense to us that the most exclusive private hospital in London should get together with London’s best wine merchant to provide our patients with a serious choice of wines. And of course good wine drunk in moderation has been shown to have health giving properties.”

Simon Berry, chairman of Berry Bros. & Rudd says:

“For over 300 years, Berrys’ has supplied fine wine to wine lovers, royal families, actors, celebrities and politicians. It seems entirely appropriate that patients recovering from illness or an operation should be able to benefit from the pleasure of fine wine too.”

This isnÂ’t the first time BerrysÂ’ has supplied wine to the King Edward VIIÂ’s Hospital. The hospitalÂ’s operating theatre entry for 11 May 1917 recorded that surgeon Mr Clayton Green and his anaesthetist Dr Powell used BerrysÂ’ Champagne as an anaesthetic during an operation. The procedure investigated a haemorrhage, following amputation of the right arm of a young Second Lieutenant of the Essex Regiment wounded in France.

Patient care has indeed come a long way since 1917!

Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

There have been plenty of movie stars, models, even media personalities who have used cosmetic dentistry to help enhance their image.

But cosmetic dentistry is not just for “high profile” people, it’s for individuals like you and me, our families, our co-workers and neighbors. And, being more affordable than it was a decade ago, more people like you and me are having cosmetic dental work done.

Cosmetic dentistry is one of dentistry’s fastest growing areas. Eighty-four percent of dentists now offer cosmetic procedures as part of their practices and half of these report a steady increase in the amount of cosmetic procedures performed over the last three years, according to an American Dental Association survey.

Cosmetic dentistry can help people just like you:

An adult who has suffered through their teens too embarrassed to smile because of discolored teeth.
Seniors wanting a more youthful, healthier appearance.
A child who chipped teeth in a playground accident.
Survivors of domestic violence.
Victims of automobile or sporting accidents.
Cosmetic dentists can correct these problems and improve a person’s smile and overall appearance through a variety of techniques, including veneers, crowns, bridges and tooth whitening.

Veneers – can be used to correct crooked, chipped or worn teeth.

Crowns & Bridges – are an option for general bite dysfunction and missing teeth.

Tooth Whitening – is an effective means of whitening stained, discolored or dull teeth.

While, at first glance these may seem to offer primarily esthetic benefits, cosmetic dentistry can also help provide many emotional and health benefits.

An improved smile can boost a person’s self image, making them more confident in their daily lives. Higher self-esteem, for example, could help motivate a person to pursue a new career, a career they had previously ruled out because of a lack of self-confidence.

An AACD survey revealed that 74% of adult Americans who responded believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success, while 92% say an attractive smile is an important social asset.

Experts say oral health also benefits when a person has their smile improved. “People are more concerned about maintaining their teeth after cosmetic dentistry because they are proud of the way they look. Once they have seen the benefits of a healthy, natural smile, oral health becomes a priority,” says AACD Accredited Member Dr. Dean Lodding. For information about cosmetic dentistry, please contact the AACD at:

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry®
5401 World Dairy Drive
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (800) 543-9220