Tooth Fillings

An innovative approach to natural looking restorations.

Good oral hygiene and a balanced diet means everyone can enjoy some of life’s sweet sins, but it’s good to know you are in safe hands should tooth decay occur.

Everyday sweet sins like lollies and carbonated drinks can satisfy your ‘sweet tooth’ but tooth decay can wipe the smile from your face.

Remember to keep regular 6 monthly preventative care appointments with your local dentist. If you suspect decay has set in, act quickly. Caught in time, simple dental fillings can restore a decayed tooth, preserving its appearance and its strength before it deteriorates any further.

Modern treatments use composite resin or porcelain to create white fillings, which are aesthetically more pleasing the traditional grey amalgams.

It is possible to undergo filling removal and this can be a relief for patients that have concern regarding the side effect of mercury in older fillings.

If you are interested in upgrading from old grey amalgam to white fillings, contact us to arrange an appointment.

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Why White Fillings?

Traditional fillings are aesthetically unpleasing and can actually put the tooth at higher risk of fracturing. Modern techniques now provide for a filling that not only looks better, it is better for teeth.

A Healthier Result

Modern dentistry techniques allow teeth to be filled and rebuilt utilising highly aesthetic materials that mirror the colour of surrounding teeth.

White fillings are bonded to the surface of the teeth. As such they hold teeth together as opposed to spreading them apart, providing restored surface appearance whilst better preserving the remaining healthy tooth structure.

Teeth that are heavily filled with large silver amalgam or mercury fillings are at risk of fracturing because the tooth is spread apart by these traditional filling materials.

White fillings can be used to replace existing grey amalgams and white fillings can enhance the colour, shape and size of a tooth, invisibly restore a broken tooth and can also close spaces between the front teeth.

Preparing for White Fillings

The process begins with a dental assessment. Depending on the size of the restoration, white fillings are not always suitable and a crown or inlay may be the better option.

White fillings are built up directly in the mouth of the patient. The white composite substance used to create the filling is applied in layers and every layer is hardened with a special light.

Placement time depends on the size and location of the cavity. The larger the size, the longer it will take but typically even large white fillings can be placed within a 60 minute window. When the process is finished, the composite white filling is carefully shaped to fit the tooth and is then polished.

Caring for White Fillings

Studies have shown that white fillings will last between 7-10 years. Discolouration can occur as a result of drinking and eating certain foods and beverages but regular visits for professional cleaning and maintenance can prolong the life of white fillings considerably.

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