In the past, there was a good chance that having a filling could have a negative impact on the look of your smile. Now, thanks to amazing developments in dentistry, we can use much more aesthetically pleasing, natural techniques, which enable us to fill cavities, whilst also preserving the beauty of your smile. If you thought you had to contend with ugly dark fillings, think again!
About white fillings
White fillings, also known as composite or tooth-coloured fillings, are used commonly in modern dentistry. Most of us consider our smiles our most important feature, so it makes sense that the majority of patients prefer a natural look when they need a tooth filled. Mercury amalgam fillings are clearly visible when you open your mouth and a white filling is a much better option for those in search of invisible results.
White fillings are made from dental composite and resins. Composite comes in an array of tooth-coloured shades, which enables us to select the colour that is closest to the natural tooth. This means that it is virtually impossible to distinguish the filling from the rest of the tooth.
As well as being more attractive than amalgam fillings, white fillings are also safer and they are better for the environment. We can fit new fillings or replace old amalgam fillings.
The benefits of a filling
We generally use fillings to treat cavities. Cavities are holes, which form in the surface of the tooth. They are caused by bacteria. Once there is a hole in the tooth, it’s possible for these harmful bacteria to spread through the tooth causing severe decay and increasing the risk of infection. To stem the spread, we fill the cavity. Fillings also make the tooth stronger.
If you need a filling or you’re interested in replacing an old amalgam filling with a new tooth-coloured filling, call us now and book an appointment.