Dental fillings have a dual function. Not only do they restore a damaged tooth to its normal function, but they can also fix cosmetic problems. This treatment involves removing the decayed part of the tooth, the subsequent cleaning of the area and filling with a hard substance. While metal fillings were the norm for many decades, nowadays, patients tend to prefer white fillings because of their advances aesthetics and other practical benefits.
At The Dental Surgery Burnham, we use white fillings (also known as tooth-coloured or composite fillings) extensively in order to restore the function and stability of decayed teeth. Thanks to improvements in dental technology, white fillings are now a better option compared to metal fillings, because they are less visible and more stable.
What are white fillings?
White fillings are tooth-coloured fillings that are made of a mixture of durable materials, created to match the colour of your existing teeth. Unlike metal fillings, which respond to temperature changes in your mouth by expanding or shrinking, white fillings, will not be affected when you consume hot or cold foods. As a matter of fact, white fillings are less vulnerable to fractures and cracks caused by temperature changes or other factors.
More importantly, the composite materials of the white fillings are also created to move with your teeth, helping to distribute force consistently when you chew. This way, white fillings also strengthen your tooth along with protecting it.
As with most dental restorations, white fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced. However, they are very durable and will last many years with proper care and maintenance.
Getting white fillings
White fillings are very easy to install and can usually be placed in one dental appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove any decay. The empty space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed, shaped and polished.
If you have more questions about the benefits of white fillings, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.