White fillings give a better cosmetic finish than metal amalgam fillings. You might feel that your existing metal fillings are affecting how healthy and attractive your teeth look. You may even be self-conscious about talking or laughing if you feel that your fillings are highly visible. White fillings can be perfectly colour-matched to your teeth so that no-one can see that you’ve had a dental repair.
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White fillings are an alternative to traditional metal amalgam fillings made from composite materials, usually glass particles and a synthetic resin. This composite mixture can be used to fill a damaged tooth and bonds directly to the remaining natural tooth.
White fillings have two distinct advantages over metal amalgam fillings. The first is that they offer a discreet restoration as we can perfectly colour-match the filling to the tooth so no-one will be able to see that you’ve had your tooth repaired. The second advantage is that composite white fillings bond directly to your tooth, so we can be more conservative in how we prepare the tooth and save as much of the healthy tooth as possible. They can be used on either front or back teeth, and are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
The newer composite materials we use to create white fillings are generally comparable to amalgam fillings in strength. Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing.
We would always consider where in your mouth the filling will be placed and how your bite will affect it. Tooth-coloured fillings are far more popular than amalgam now, though amalgam does still have its uses and can work better in some cases than composite.
We would normally recommend that you wait until an old amalgam filling needs to be replaced before you choose to have a white filling put in. If you need a new filling, you may well have the choice of a white filling. If we feel that a composite filling won’t be strong enough because of where it will sit in your mouth, we may recommend a crown or inlay instead; every case is different.
It will depend on your individual case, but alternatives to fillings include crowns or inlays, especially for your back teeth, and veneers for your front teeth. Aesthetic recontouring may also be an option.
The cost of your white fillings will depend on how many you need, where in your mouth they will be, and how big they are. It takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling because composite fillings are placed in very small increments and the bonding and setting process is far more intricate. Before we go ahead with your treatment, we will give you a full breakdown of the costs so that you can make an informed decision.
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Last updated on Monday 27th January 2020