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