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White Fillings

White Fillings

Most people will need fillings at some point in their lives, and, thanks to improvements in technology, many patients are now choosing white composite fillings, rather than traditional silver fillings made from amalgam. Indeed, in private dentistry white fillings are the default choice and amalgam fillings are only used when placing a white filling is not possible.

What Are The Benefits of White Composite Fillings?

  • A white filling can be matched to the colour of your surrounding tooth.
  • White fillings don’t have the same potential environmental or health risk posed by the mercury in amalgam fillings.
  • Some people find they experience less post-treatment discomfort and sensitivity when using white composite fillings.
  • Amalgam fillings can often hide further tooth decay from x-rays; white fillings don’t have this problem.
  • Teeth with white fillings are less prone to cracking. For an amalgam filling to stay in place, the base of the filling needs to be wider than the neck, so some healthy tooth may need to be drilled away weakening the remaining tooth.

One of the leading advantages of composites is that, with a good colour match, it’s almost impossible to see that the tooth had to be restored. And because these fillings bond directly to the enamel, they’re strong and resist wear, usually lasting more than five years. With current advances in composite materials, many are holding up even longer.

What Material Are White Fillings Made From?

White or tooth-coloured fillings can be made of a number of materials, including synthetic and ceramic compounds, and glass particles. We can tell you more about the specific types of materials our practice uses, and the light used to bond them.

Although white fillings once had a reputation for being less hardwearing, technology has moved on rapidly over the last decade, and white fillings are now much stronger. The additional benefits mean white fillings are increasingly the first choice for people who need their teeth filled.

What Is The White Filling Treatment Process?

When placing a white filling, the procedure requires your dentist to first choose the shade of composite that best matches your tooth colour. After removing the decay, he or she will use a special curing light to harden each layer of filling material. The filling will be shaped to fit your tooth and polished so that it remains smooth and resistant to staining.

It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-coloured fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to cosmetics. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural colour of their teeth.

Our dental team can also replace old, grey-coloured fillings with modern white composite fillings to quickly improve your smile. If you opt for this treatment, your dentist will examine your tooth or teeth and remove any decay that has developed. They will then remove your old amalgam fillings and replace them with white fillings made from a composite material and matched closely to the colour of your natural teeth.

The composite material is very strong and robust and has been designed to withstand the forces of biting and chewing food. They are durable and will last for a long time so long as you practise good oral hygiene. You will then be able to smile with full confidence that your teeth look natural and healthy.

Can You Replace Metal Fillings With White Fillings?

The procedure for replacing old metal amalgam fillings with white composite fillings is a simple and effective way of improving the look of your teeth, and depending on how many fillings you wish to have replaced can usually be done in a single appointment.

How To Take Care of Your White Fillings

To keep your composite fillings looking their best, and to prevent the need for any more repairs, you’ll want to stay on top of even the most basic oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush, and make a habit of flossing once a day. Limit sugary snacks and sodas, and see your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings. For extra protection against decay-causing bacteria, try an antibacterial mouthwash.

Composites need to be equally protected from changes in colour, so make a point to avoid smoking, coffee, teas and other foods that can stain – such as blueberries and red wine.

We encourage all patients to have regular examinations combined with good oral hygiene at home to prevent tooth decay and the need for an unnecessary filling. At 33 Dental Practice our team is passionate about preventing tooth decay. We will always provide you with advice on the best way to care for your teeth to stop decay developing. If you do suffer from tooth decay, your dentist will recommend white fillings because they are both functional and natural looking.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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