English Speaking Dentist in Pattaya, Thailand

Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings are a treatment for patients with a decayed or chipped tooth. Dentists will fill a portion of the tooth with materials such as amalgam or composite resin tooth-coloured fillings.

Fillings can be divided into 2 types depending on filling materials:

  • Traditional amalgam filling
  • Composite resin tooth-coloured filling

Our clinic chooses the 3M ESPE Filtek for composite resin tooth-coloured filling since its nanotechnology, which is considered highly effective and powerful in filling, is well accepted.

A comparison between the traditional amalgam and the composite resin tooth-coloured fillings:

Amalgam filling is a metallic silver filling material, which contains tiny amount of mercury.

Advantages

  • Last at least 10-15 years
  • Withstand grinding forces
  • Less expensive than composite filling

Disadvantages

  • Colour does not match natural teeth
  • A large space to hold the amalgam filling is needed, so some healthy parts may have to be taken out
  • Amalgam filling can cause a grayish hue to the nearby teeth’s surface

Composite resin tooth-coloured filling is a natural look tooth-coloured filling material

Advantages

  • Colour shade can be matched with the natural teeth
  • Can be used as filling material to restore chipped, broken, or worn teeth

Disadvantages

  • May not last as long as amalgams
  • Longer treatment time due to more complicated process
  • Chipping may occur (depending on positions)
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