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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Helensvale.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about the changes or wish to book your next appointment, please visit our new website or contact our friendly team on (07) 5665 8144.

Or alternatively click here to visit our new website.

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Amalgam Free Fillings

The best choice for your health, appearance and the environment!

Traditional amalgam fillings have been used for over a hundred years and are comprised of a mercury alloy that is incredibly strong and long lasting. There are many disadvantages associated with this material, and this is why at our Gold Coast dental surgery we provide mercury free filling options.

The disadvantages of amalgam fillings

Amalgam is comprised of an alloy containing approximately 50% mercury. This factor presents a range of health and environmental issues:

  • Amalgam fillings leach mercury vapour into the mouth when chewing, although it should be noted that studies are inconclusive about the possible health risks associated with this process.
  • Amalgam is an environmental hazard, particularly in relation to its disposal and has been banned by environmentally conscious countries such as Denmark and Sweden.

Another disadvantage of amalgam fillings is that they can actually threaten the integrity of your natural tooth structure. This is due to two factors:

  • Amalgam expands and contracts in response to temperature changes within the mouth- a process which can cause your natural tooth structure to crack.
  • Amalgam is not completely sealed- it is simply packed into the tooth and so bacteria can continue to cause decay underneath the amalgam restoration.

Finally, amalgam is not an aesthetically pleasing option- it is dark metallic in colour and does not blend with the colour of your natural tooth structure. In fact, amalgam fillings can begin to stain your natural tooth enamel, creating a grey halo around the supporting tooth.

At our dental surgery in Monterey Keys, we have amalgam free filling options.

If you have existing amalgam fillings, we can remove these and replace them with a completely safe and aesthetically pleasing modern alternative. This is especially important for pregnant women and young children as they are more susceptible to the health risks associated with amalgam fillings.

Our composite resin and porcelain fillings are 100% mercury free and do not expand or contact in response to temperature changes in the mouth. The filling technique we use completely seals the void created by dental decay, protecting the tooth from further damage.

Both porcelain and composite resin restorations are tooth coloured and can be colour matched to correlate with the exact colour of your natural tooth. This creates an aesthetically pleasing and seamless result.

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