A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or accidental damage.
Unlike amalgam fillings, white fillings stick to the teeth with the use of special adhesives.
What are the benefits of white fillings?
White fillings are the same colour as teeth and come in a range of shades. The filling can be matched to the colour of your teeth, so achieving an excellent cosmetic result.
White fillings are sticky so they can be used to reshape and rebuild broken or worn teeth.
A tooth needs less preparation for a white filling than for a silver filling.
If the filling is large and there is a heavy bite, then a white filling may not be strong enough and the placement of a crown may be the best long term option.
The placement of white fillings requires a more time consuming technique and therefore they are more expensive than silver fillings.
The white filling materials used need very dry conditions in order to be successful. On occasions this may not be possible, especially at the back of the mouth.In such situations alternative materials will need to be used.
Composite bonding is an increasingly popular cosmetic dental treatment that is used to improve the shape, colour and overall appearance of patients' teeth. It uses the same resin material used for white fillings, and is most frequently used on the front teeth – those that show when you smile.
There have been huge advances in the materials used in bonding dentistry in recent years, meaning composite bonding can be used for disguising minor imperfections in the front teeth, closing small gaps and hiding minor tooth rotations, with no damage to your teeth.
Composite bonding is a pain-free experience that requires, in most cases, just one visit to the practice. Your dentist will be able to choose a shade of resin that closely matches the colour of your teeth, meaning that the results will look entirely natural.
This is how the treatment works:
- Your dentist picks a shade of resin that matches the natural colour of your teeth.
- The resin is carefully applied to your teeth, with no need for any work or damage to them.
- Your dentist then carefully shapes and smooths the resin to hide any imperfections, for a result that looks entirely natural.
- Once the resin has been shaped, it is hardened very quickly with the help of a special light.
Although composite bonding treatment does not last as long as veneers, many patients find the treatment is highly cost-effective. It can also be repeated with no damage at all to your teeth.
- A natural, healthy smile that you are proud to show off.
- No preparation of your teeth is required, meaning they remain strong.
- Treatment can usually be completed in one short visit to the practice.