White fillings, also known as tooth-coloured fillings and composite fillings, are durable, natural-looking fillings, used extensively in modern dentistry instead of metal fillings. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings actually bond to the tooth and support the surrounding tooth structure.
At The Dental Surgery Burnham, white fillings are our treatment of choice for patients who wish to have one or several teeth restored. The fact that white fillings can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth, make them less visible and more attractive. White fillings can also be used as a way to change the colour of the teeth or reshape them to look as natural as possible.
How are white fillings placed?
As with every filling treatment, your dentist will drill the dental cavity to create a hole for the filling substance. This process takes longer than it would take for a metal filling, because white fillings are placed one layer at a time, using a special light to harden the filling between each layer. After the affected area is completely filled, the dentist will shape the final layer to fit perfectly with the surface of the tooth.
Unlike metal fillings, white fillings stick to teeth so they can be used to repair front teeth which have been chipped, broken or decayed. Sometimes, they can also be used to strengthen back teeth if there is not too much decay or damage.
Benefits of white fillings
The main advantage of white fillings is improved aesthetics. They can be customised in order to blend with the colour of your natural teeth, making them virtually invisible. Unlike metal fillings, which simply fill in space, white composite fillings surround the tooth and protect the remaining structure from all types of forces. Moreover, white fillings allow for smaller fillings, protecting the integrity and the structure of the tooth better. White fillings are less sensitive to heat and cold and can be easily repaired when they break. With metal fillings, the whole thing would have to be removed and replaced.
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