Modern fillings to naturally bond with your existing teeth
White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are a natural and durable solution for those with cavities. They are made from a combination of glass and enamel-coloured material that matches the surrounding teeth. They eliminate pain from cavities while restoring a tooth’s natural appearance.
No more mercury fillings
In the past, silver mercury fillings were commonly used. These were injected into the cavity where they expanded to fill the gap, causing small fractures in existing teeth without integrating with the natural material of the tooth. White fillings are a far stronger alternative as they bond with the tooth and hold it together.
Another benefit of white fillings over their black amalgam counterparts is that they can save more of the tooth through a much smaller filling. They are also more practical and aesthetically pleasing thanks to their natural colour and long-lasting properties.
The lifespan of these fillings depends on their position, size and usage. For instance, smaller fillings bearing a lighter functional load will stay in excellent condition for longer.
The filling procedure
The procedure for white fillings is quite simple. First, the decayed section of tooth or the old mercury filling is removed. The remaining hole is then prepared before the composite is carefully applied. This is done in layers, each of which is hardened through the use of a special light. Finally, the filling is shaped to the tooth and polished to prevent staining and ensure greater durability.
Wellard Dental always keep an eye on your fillings during subsequent check-ups for any signs of breakdown or wear.
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your teeth, or if you have mercury fillings you want replaced, white fillings are an excellent solution. For more information, contact us and make an appointment today. We will discuss the details of white fillings and how they can improve your everyday quality of life.
Please note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.