White Fillings Explained

From time to time patients may need a dental filling to restore a decayed or fractured tooth. White fillings have become increasingly popular over the years.

What causes tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that are found in plaque. These acids occur after eating and drinking and can break down the enamel and dentine of the teeth.

How do I prevent tooth decay?

In order to prevent tooth decay, we advise patients to floss once a day, brush twice daily, and limit dietary sugar intake. Patients who are at high risk of developing tooth decay should also consider using a fluoride mouthwash.

How is tooth decay treated?

Early tooth decay can be treated by following the above oral hygiene routine and attending regular 6-month check-ups with your dentist. Moderate tooth decay will usually need a filling. Very advanced tooth decay will most likely need a root canal treatment.

What types of white fillings are available?

A white composite filling is the most commonly used type of filling these days. They look very natural and bond to the remaining tooth tissue very well.

 

Porcelain or composite Inlays or Onlays are more appropriate for larger cavities and take two visits to complete, in comparison to a white filling which will require just one visit to the Precision clinic.

Dental filling aftercare

In the immediate period after a filling is carried out, that side of the mouth may be very numb. It is advisable not to use the tongue and lip on that side of the mouth too much until the numbness has stopped.

 

Daily Flossing and brushing of the tooth and filling are essential to prevent bacterial accumulation around the filling margins which can lead to bacterial leakage.

Are there any risks to having white fillings?

Sometimes sensitivity can occur. This usually settles down shortly afterward. White fillings can also stain, debond, chip, or fracture over time.

What is the difference between white and silver fillings?

White fillings bond to the tooth tissue far better than silver fillings and look much more natural because they closely resemble tooth enamel. However metallic silver fillings are stronger and have a longer average lifespan.

 

Silver amalgam fillings contain mercury. The use of this metal has raised some controversy over the years within the dental profession. Although the health risks remain unproven, some patients prefer not to have any silver fillings at all.

 

White fillings are more technically demanding than silver fillings, they require more surgery time, and usually cost more.

How long do white fillings last?

With good aftercare and maintenance, white fillings should last for many years. Studies show that the average lifespan of a white composite filling is around 10 years. Studies also show that a composite or porcelain Inlay or Onlay last on average from 15 years.

Bonding

Composite Bonding

Individuals of all ages often find there is an area of their smile they would like to improve. Whether it be a cavity or unsightly filling, or a broken or chipped tooth. Similar to other methods, Composite Bonding is a technique that has been utilised for many years and can completely transform the pearly whites in a single visit to the clinic. During this process, a Precision specialist will skilfully use the correct quantity and colour of the composite substance to resolve a number of oral issues.

 

These include:

 

  • Filling dental cavities

 

  • Replacing traditional metal fillings

 

  • Closing gaps between pearly whites

 

  • Reshaping teeth

 

  • Repairing chipped and broken areas

 

  • Carrying out a smile makeover through the addition of composite veneers

What is a composite white filling?

Composite bonding is a mouldable material produced from acrylic resins and a number of fillers. This method of cosmetic dentistry is becoming increasingly popular for fillings due to its aesthetically pleasing appearance. Also, a dentist is able to completely match the shade, translucency, and texture of a natural tooth. As a result of recent advancements in technology, many professionals are beginning to adopt the use of CAD/CAM CEREC equipment to create ceramic fillings, which are both durable and attractive. The innovative method also allows patients to receive the full extent of the treatment in a single one-hour visit to the Precision clinic.

What does the composite bonding procedure entail?

The procedure will often require the use of a local anaesthetic. The tooth is then cleaned, shaped, or roughened using a special tool and etched with a phosphoric-acid-based gel. This creates the optimum texture for the composite to adhere to. Then, the bonding agent is applied and exposed to a special light source to harden and set. Following this, the area is polished and buffed to give it a smooth finish.

Are there any drawbacks to this procedure?

One minor disadvantage is that it does not have the strength of many other restorative materials, including ceramic or porcelain. Additionally, it has a greater tendency to stain than natural teeth or traditional materials used for similar purposes.

Who can carry out the bonding?

While any dental professional can carry out this treatment, the artistic skill required means patients should ensure they fully trust the administrator. Precision’s signature exacting attention to detail and assured results make us the ideal choice for this type of treatment.

How much does this procedure cost?

The price of composite bonding depends largely on the type of procedure that is carried out, as well as the materials used and the experience of the cosmetic dentist.

We offer (12 months 0% interest) finance and instalment plans

 

To make your journey to a superior smile as stress free as possible, we offer a range of 0% APR finance and instalment plans which allow you to spread the cost of your treatment in a manageable way and interest-free for 12 Months.

 

Finance can typically be arranged within 24 hours. If you opt to pay in instalments, 50% of the treatment cost must be paid upfront with the balance to be paid over the agreed timeframe.

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