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The most common use of white fillings is to restore strength and structure to your tooth following cavity treatment.

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What are White Fillings?

Offered as a treatment to replace a lost part of tooth due to accidental damage or tooth decay, white fillings are considered to be a higher-end, less noticeable alternative to standard gold or silver fillings.


Available in a range of shades, white fillings are designed to provide a perfect match to the specific colour of your teeth.


Also referred to as composite fillings, white fillings successfully ‘stick’ to teeth unlike other alternatives. Providing a greater degree of security and longevity, white fillings are set using a specialist light, meaning you can eat and chew on the filling almost immediately after treatment.

Setting white fillings in the City of London

Patients will usually be informed by the dentist at a regular check-up if they require a tooth filling. Your dentist will ask if you would prefer a white or silver filling. Whilst silver fillings can be more longer lasting, you may prefer a white filling as it is more discreet and less noticeable.


First, the treatment area will be numbed using a local anaesthetic injection. Any old filling material or decay will then be removed, the tooth thoroughly cleaned and varnished to help the filling stick. The white filling will be placed, shaped and hardened with a specialist light placed directly above.


Following your filling your dentist will recommend you avoid certain foods and drinks for the several hours after the treatment e.g. sticky, chewy or extremley hot/cold foods. Whilst a filling is used to combat damage caused by decay or damage, it doesn't prevent it from happening again. Regular brushing, flossing and trips for check-ups will help your dental health.


Why do I need a filling?

Tooth decay is the most common reason for needing a filling. Decay is caused by bacteria that produce acids after having sugary food and acidic drinks and not cleaning your teeth and gums. 


If left untreated, the cavity will get bigger and can lead to tooth loss. Therefore it is important to have a filling soon after they are detected.

White Fillings in the City of London


Why we only use white fillings


Composite (white) fillings are much more aesthetic and more conservative in tooth preparation. Many people choose to have their Amalgam (silver) fillings replaced with composite because it is aesthetically more pleasing and are more durable so have a reduced risk of cracks in the tooth. If you are thinking of changing your Amalgam fillings, speak with your dentist so you can discuss your options together.

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How much do white fillings cost?

  • White fillings depend on the size of the cavity


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of white fillings?

Perhaps the most obvious benefit is they’re far less noticeable than standard metal fillings, giving you reassurance that any white fillings you receive from us will perfectly blend with your existing teeth. White fillings can also be used to re-shape uneven teeth, close gaps and even reduce discolouration, making them a truly versatile treatment.


Treatment times will significantly vary upon the size and quantity of teeth needing to be filled – this will be discussed with you upon consultation. Typically, white fillings take slightly longer to place than metal alternatives, simply because they’re more technically advanced.

Are white fillings painful?

As with all other fillings, white fillings will require a local anaesthetic injection to eliminate pain during treatment. However, if the filling is extremely small, no anaesthetic may be required.

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