A patient came to Time Dental looking for a cosmetic dentist. She had previous experience at an NHS practice and foudn that her options were very limited under this system. She wanted continuity in care and was looking for someone to provide cosmetic dental care. She saw our website and really liked the testimonials that our happy clients had written about us.
We discussed what she was looking for and found that she had a number of old mercury amalgam fillings that she did not like the look of, and she had significant staining on her lower teeth as she was a 20/day smoker. Her teeth were actually in a good position and shape as she had previous orthodontic work as a teenager.
On further investigation we noted that many of her mercury fillings were failing. Mercury amalgam fillings expand and contract over time, and they end up causing cracks to occur within the tooth. These cracks allow bacteria to penetrate the tooth and decay will start. At some point either the tooth will break or the filling will. She had quite a few amalgam fillings to the point that the cusps of the back teeth were very weak and liable to break.
One option for replacing small to medium sized fillings is to use white composite fillings. When placed by a skilled dentist, these fillings look just like the natural tooth. White composite fillings also bond to the tooth which helps to bring the strength back.
When fillings get to a larger size onlays are often recommended. Onlays can be made of gold, resin, or ceramic. The ceramic onlay is a popular choice due to its strength and superior aesthetics. At Time Dental cosmetic dentist Dr Rashid assess each individual failing mercury amalgam filling and recommend appropriately whether a direct filling or an onlay is option.
Time Dental provides this service to all patients from the Fleet, Farnborough, Alton, Winchester areas, as well as the surrounding areas of Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex and Berkshire.
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