White fillings are exactly what the name implies and the only real option if you want your teeth to retain a natural look once filled.
Not many people are lucky enough to escape the need for a filling at some point in their lives, but escaping the old silver amalgam solution is now easier than ever. Once considered less durable than amalgam, the technology is continually improving and is now at the point where white fillings can be considered as tough as amalgam, even for use in the back of the mouth where the stresses can be high.
Painless and quick to apply (just one visit for most treatments), the ubiquitous ‘filling’ can be one of the most effective treatments in the dentist’s armoury.
Why accept an unavoidably eye-catching (for all the wrong reasons) silver amalgam ‘blot’ on the landscape of your mouth when much more aesthetic options are available?
It should be borne in mind that white fillings may not be suitable for all situations but, as always, our aesthetic specialists will fully discuss and advise you. It is also worth mentioning that whilst fillings may be one of the most common procedures in the surgery, they still involve a high-degree of skill and even some artistry, in which our specialists rightly pride themselves on both and will be happy to prove it to you with stunning results.
What materials are used for a white filling?
Made from a composite of resin and a filler (often silica), the material can be carefully placed and shaped to provide protection and cosmetic improvements to teeth that are either decayed or chipped. Also suitable in some cases for gap filling (diastemas) and used on occasions to replace amalgam fillings for either cosmetic or health-fear reason.
Who needs White Fillings?
Anyone who has dental cavities wants to replace amalgam fillings, has small gaps in teeth, or misshaped teeth may be a suitable candidate for white fillings. Our aesthetic specialist can examine your teeth to assess your dental condition and a need for white fillings. If you have concerns, you can also bring your questions along for answers to increase understanding and to give contentment.
Are there different types of White Filling?
There are different types of white fillings depending on the quantities of dental materials used, such as acrylic resin or setting ingredients, and also the purpose for the white filling. White fillings are sometimes used with composite bonding to repair teeth or for fitting composite or porcelain veneers.
How do I know if I need a White Filling?
An examination of your dental condition by our specialist will reveal if you need a white filling to fill a cavity, restore a tooth or fill a small tooth gap. If you have symptoms such as tooth sensitivity when chewing food, or drinking hot or cold fluids, this may be a sign of cavity in your tooth that may require a filling.
What is involved in the White Filling procedure?
Depending on the amount of treatment required, a local anaesthetic may be provided to numb the tooth region for pain-free treatment, such as removing amalgam fillings first. Our dentist can discuss sedation options for greater relaxation with you prior to white filling treatment to give you peace of mind about procedures.
CEREC technology may be used to map your tooth structure, to produce models of your teeth and to fabricate fillings within an hour. Tooth preparation occurs before filling treatment so that the teeth are clean and the mouth fully disinfected prior to the procedure. The cavity space in your tooth is inspected for any signs of decay first and any prior fillings are removed.
Your tooth colour will be assessed so that the right shade and texture of the filling is selected to match your natural teeth. An acidic gel and etching are used to prepare the tooth too for bonding of the white filling to the natural tooth. A laser-like light may be used for faster setting of the dental composite white filling.
The filling is moulded to fit your tooth shape and then polished to suit the natural glow and shade of your teeth. Our specialist will go through treatment procedure with you prior to treatment for your understanding and confidence.
Are there risks to having White Fillings, such as pain?
All dental treatments, including tooth fillings, are administered pain-free with the option of local anaesthetic and sedatives for greater relaxation while maintaining consciousness throughout the procedure.
White fillings are not as strong as porcelain, however, they are considered safer than the old mercury fillings. Large dental cavities may need alternate treatments like an inlay/onlay treatment. Our specialist can discuss the pros and cons of white fillings with you so that you make an informed treatment choice.
What are the benefits of White Filling?
The benefits of natural tooth-like dental composite is its variable use in a treatment of cavities and invisible tooth restoration, in serving as a safe replacement for metal or mercury amalgam fillings, in its high bond strength to existing tooth enamel and dentine, in its capability to expand with teeth reducing stress on teeth, and in its shade and texture to enhance natural facial beauty through healthy looking teeth. Other benefits extend to overall healthy well-being from receiving dental treatment to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
How long do White Fillings last?
The lifespan of white fillings depends on the patient’s oral and overall health, post-filling oral care, and lifestyle habits such as excessive smoking and eating of sugary foods.
How do I care for my teeth with White Fillings?
White fillings are designed to fit your natural teeth and are cared for in much the same way as your own set of teeth. Applying the usual advised oral health guidelines, such as brushing with a fluoride toothpaste according to recommended technique with mouthwash for rinsing is important.
Being conscious of diet and intake of sugary foods, and avoiding habits such as excessive smoking that can cause tooth staining and gum irritation is a way to avoid treatment. Our specialist will advise you on how best to care for your natural teeth that include those restored with white fillings.
How much does White Filling treatment cost?
The cost of white fillings depends on your unique treatment plan, but the price starts from £95. Our dentist will explain treatments, costs and payment plans at your appointment so that you know what to expect for affordable dental care.
Are there any alternatives to White Fillings?
Alternatives are amalgam fillings, veneers on front teeth, crowns or inlays. Our specialist can discuss these options with you too in designing a suitable treatment plan for you.