Improve your Smile with White fillings

Also known as a dental composite, a white filling is a tooth-coloured resin used to restore decayed or broken teeth. By using enamel and dentin bonding techniques, white fillings restore teeth that have become damaged as a result of tooth decay or injury. White fillings are used as an alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings, which are aesthetically poor and contain mercury.

How are teeth filled with white fillings?

After removing plaque, tartar, decay and any existing filling, the treatment site is cleaned and then dried. To aid the bonding, the tooth surface is etched and coated with a gel and bonding solution. Once prepared, the white filling material is placed into the tooth cavity, or area to be filled, and then moulded to match the tooth contours. A curing light is then used to harden the filling before it is trimmed and polished to look like a natural part of your tooth.

What are the risks and benefits of white fillings?

Inherent risks exist in all dental procedures, but the main concern with white fillings is their durability and potential shrinkage. However, new technology and dental procedures are resulting in stronger, longer-lasting and lower-shrinkage white fillings.

The benefits far outweigh such problems, because white fillings:

  • Can restore not only teeth cavities caused by decay, but chipped, broken and worn teeth.
  • The colour can be harmonised to your normal tooth colour to appear natural, so it isn’t noticeable when you smile.
  • May be used as a veneer over stained or discoloured teeth.
  • less tooth has to be cut away preserving more of your own tooth
  • Can be combined with other dental treatments, such as inlays, crowns and bridges.

We can restore your smile to its natural appearance; we can safely replace any silver amalgam fillings with new white ones, and smile with confidence.

These may also be a good choice for people who are afraid of dental work, since a composite can be bonded in place, which means less drilling.

For more information please contact Weedon on 01327 342412 or Rushden on 01933 312992 and we will be happy to help you