Toothache for Xmas ? No need to worry – we are open throughout the Xmas break.
Our Smales Farm (Takapuna) and Eastridge (Eastern Bays) practices are open from 9am – 4pm daily. We are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. We are back to normal hours on the 9th of January. If you need to book an emergency or urgent appointment you can call Smales Farm on 094109971 or Eastridge on 095212021 or book online. We ask for your patience over this busy period and we will endeavour to get you sorted as quickly as possible. Merry Xmas and a happy new year from the team at Tooth Co.
Amalgam or silver fillings has stood the test of time as a dental filling material which has been in use for over 150 years. It has been surpassed by newer modern tooth colored materials such as ceramic and composite. Amalgam fillings are extremely durable and it has served its place as a very successful material.
The most common issue we see with older amalgam fillings is cracking of the surrounding tooth structure. These cracks can often lead to teeth requiring crowns.
Amalgam is also unsightly in appearance and with options available for tooth colored alternatives many patients choose to improve the aesthetics of their teeth.
Another controversial concern is the mercury contained with in the filling. Studies have shown there is more exposure upon removal than leaving the filling in place – if not removed safely. Our stance is very neutral on this matter – we believe it is the individuals decision around this matter.
For those of you concerned with the mercury vapor, the safest way we can remove the filling is under a rubber dam (a type of isolation barrier) with oxygen supply. There is an additional fee for this treatment. We also do our part to protect the environment with amalgam separation fitted on all of our vacuum pumps.
The cost depends on the treatment to the tooth once the silver filling has been removed.