A White filling, as the name suggests, is a procedure whereby one of our dental specialists will ‘fill’ an area of a tooth where a cavity has been removed using tooth-colored material. If you have a decayed tooth, then a filling will restore the shape and function of the tooth and prevent further decay. They are also used to repair and restore cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down by grinding.
White or tooth-colored fillings are made from dental composite to repair chipped and broken teeth. They can be shaded to match the original tooth color and provide a natural and healthier alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings. They enable a minimally invasive restoration, which means your natural tooth can be saved.
These types of fillings can be used either in the front or at the back of the mouth. They provide a natural look to restore the function and strength of damaged teeth. Our dentist may build up chipped or cracked teeth with white fillings to repair the tooth. It can also be used for reshaping uneven teeth, closing the gaps between teeth, and filling mouth cavities that have occurred due to tooth decay.
Benefits of veneers:
- These fillings look natural when compared to metallic or amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings may blacken over time and are very visible in the mouth. White fillings match your teeth’ color and give you a natural look.
- White fillings do not contain mercury like metallic ones. Some people believe that the mercury contained in amalgam fillings can be a risk to health.
- These fillings strengthen the tooth. Certain layers of silicon dioxide can be filled with glass as well to stabilize your tooth.
- Silicon dioxide will not conduct hot and cold temperatures as metallic fillings do. You will not suffer from tooth sensitivity after treatment.
- These types of fillings harden quickly and usually require just a matter of hours hardening.
Are you conscious of silver fillings that show when you laugh or smile? Our white fillings are the solution for you. Undetectable in your mouth, white fillings provide you with natural-looking and long-lasting results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a White Filling?
New technological advancements in dentistry enable white or natural tooth coloured fillings to be used in restoring decayed and broken teeth. Our fillings are made from composite or resin and are highly durable, strong and long lasting.
As an alternative to fillings, inlays and onlays can be used to restore your smile. Inlays and onlays are made specially in a dental laboratory to repair a damaged tooth.
An inlay is small and within the biting surface of the tooth whereas an onlay will cover a larger area of the tooth. These restorations can be made from porcelain, gold or composite resin and are bonded to the damaged area of a tooth. Most patients have a porcelain inlay or onlay as it is hard wearing, long lasting and can also be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
If the tooth is damaged extensively, a crown may be needed to restore the tooth.
Why would I need a White Filling?
- Broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- To repair unsightly, old or broken fillings
- To replace mercury and amalgam fillings
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
What is the procedure?
Teeth whitening is a very safe and effective treatment.
We will make you feel comfortable and relaxed before, during and after this routine procedure, so there’s no need to delay.
White fillings are completed in one easy appointment. Firstly, we numb the area so that the procedure is comfortable. We then gently remove the portion of your tooth that has been damaged and then replace the missing tooth structure with a filling. We shine a bright blue light on the filling which will harden the filling making it very strong.
The filling is made of a shade of composite resin filling material so that once filled, it looks like your real tooth again. It’s simple!
What are the benefits?
White fillings match the colour of your natural teeth, to give you a natural looking smile with great dental health and function. You can speak, bite, chew and eat as normal.
How will I feel after treatment?
If you have had anaesthetic during your procedure, you may feel numb for a few hours. Once the numbness has worn off, you can speak, bite, chew and eat as normal.
How much will my White Filling cost?
We understand that price is an important consideration factor. Like any dental treatment, the cost of a filling is dependant on the size and type of white filling used and how long your treatment will take to complete.
When you come to see us for your first consultation, we will determine the most appropriate treatment for you and provide you with a treatment plan and cost.
Your fillings are guaranteed for one year.
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