Teeth damaged by decay or trauma may be restored with white fillings. White fillings fill teeth cavities and rebuild the tooth’s structure at the front and back of the teeth.
White fillings bond to tooth structure easier than silver amalgam fillings. They particularly enhance visible front teeth that are decayed, worn, chipped or fractured. Broken and damaged teeth, whether at the front or back of the mouth, can be restored with white fillings for healthy function and appearance.
Dentists often refer to white fillings as ‘composite’ or ‘glass lonomer’ – this is because there are different types of white fillings that can be used in dental restorations.
What will the dentist do?
- Provide local anaesthesia to numb the treatment site for a pain-free experience.
- Clean the teeth and remove any tooth decay.
- Take out part or the entire old tooth filling.
- Rinse the tooth with ‘water-blow pistol’ then dry the tooth with ‘air-blow pistol’.
- Insert the white filling composite in or on the tooth, then reshape to natural healthy tooth contours.
- Secure and harden the white composite filling through the use of a curing light.
- Smooth and polish the finished white filling.
Our goal is to replace lost or worn fillings and restore damaged teeth, with composite white fillings used where possible to preserve existing tooth structure. Metal or silver amalgam fillings that may contain mercury are best replaced with tooth coloured white fillings for healthy smiles. Dr. Dwyer will discuss any concerns you have about your fillings and teeth at an initial appointment.
White Composite Fillings / Mercury-Free Fillings
A White Composite Filling is:
- Free from toxicity-causing mercury.
- A tooth coloured blend of plastic and glass substances.
- Used to restore decayed and damaged teeth.
- Ideal for enhancing smile aesthetics.
The benefits of White Fillings include:
- Ability to merge with natural tooth structure for stronger, healthier teeth.
- Being used to replace silver fillings that may otherwise weaken tooth structure.
- Giving a natural, appealing and aesthetically pleasing look.
- Variability and flow in use to fill smaller cavities.
- Maximising preservation and strength of existing tooth structure.
- Visibility of secondary decay under tooth coloured fillings for treatment.
- Ease of restoration if damaged.
- Composite insulation, protecting teeth from excessive temperatures and reducing sensitivity.
- Environmentally-friendly composition, mercury-free and safe to use.
- Composite bond support that reinforces existing tooth structure and prevents fractures or breaks.
- Durability, having a lifespan of between 7 and 10 years.