Do you avoid smiling and laughing in social situations, worried about people noticing your metal fillings or damaged teeth?
White fillings made from composite resin are a super-tough, tooth-coloured material that lets you bite and chew with confidence. It also protects the remaining structure of your tooth.
Do you need a filling?
Many patients do not realise they need a filling, which is another reason why regular checkups are so important. You need a filling when decay causes a cavity or hole in your teeth. If left untreated, bacteria can work its way into the tooth and cause painful infection and disease, and can also lead to tooth loss. It is important to deal with any dental problems as soon as possible to stop them becoming more serious.
Why should I consider white fillings?
Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.
Are white fillings expensive?
Because many white fillings are classed as a cosmetic treatment, you can only have them done privately . The cost can vary. Our dentist will be able will be able to give you an idea of the cost before you agree to treatment.
Are white fillings as good as silver amalgam fillings?
White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.Our dentist can advise you on the life expectancy of your fillings.
Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?
It is usually best to change fillings only when our dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material. However you can always request a replacement for cosmetic reasons.
What are tooth coloured fillings made of?
This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient. Our dentist should be able to give you more information about the particular material they use.