Thanks to advances in dental materials and the techniques used, we’re now able to return a damaged tooth to full function without leaving behind the unsightly and noticeable finish of an amalgam filling. For years, patients have had to put up with the dark, silvery appearance of their amalgam fillings, but white fillings are not only as durable as amalgam fillings, but much more aesthetically pleasing.
White fillings perform the same function as traditional amalgam fillings, by filling in and repairing holes/cavities in the teeth. These cavities usually occur as a result of tooth decay, but can also be caused by injury or wear and tear. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, white fillings blend in naturally with the rest of the mouth, allowing you to smile widely and happily and for no one to know the difference.
White fillings are made from a composite resin material which is a blend of plastic and glass. This material is highly durable and can be shade-matched to your teeth creating a completely natural-looking finish.
There are many benefits to choosing white fillings including their aesthetic finish and durability. They are also bonded to the teeth, meaning they help protect and preserve the tooth more effectively, and do not expand or contract according to temperature changes as amalgam fillings can do, leading to further cracks in the tooth. Another benefit is that they do not contain any mercury.
In most cases, we’ll be able to replace your amalgam fillings with white fillings. Some patients wish to do this solely for aesthetic reasons, while others are drawn to the oral health benefits of white fillings.
Receiving white fillings is similar to receiving traditional fillings. We’ll first clean the cavity and remove any decayed parts of the tooth. Then, we’ll seal it to prevent further infection and decay before bonding the filling material directly onto the tooth.
In most cases, white fillings can be placed in just one appointment.
We’ll apply local anaesthetic when necessary to ensure you don’t experience any pain. Once this has worn off, you may have some sensitivity or tenderness in the area that has been treated – this should go away quickly, and can be treated with over-the-counter medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.Back to Cosmetic Dentistry
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