A composite filling is a white or tooth coloured filling providing a more natural, mercury free alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. They also allow for a minimally invasive restoration meaning more of your natural tooth can be preserved.
White Fillings at a Glance
- Natural tooth colour
- Minimal invasive
- Restorative Mercury free material
A very common tooth problem is decay. When there is decay or a tooth is found to have a cavity or hole it will require to be restore to prevent further deterioration of the tooth structure. When the decay isn’t removed early enough then this can cause it to spread down through the tooth. Ultimately, this can lead to infection, pain and result in tooth loss. One of the treatment options to restore a tooth is a composite natural tooth colour filling. We use fillings to fill the gap once the decay has been removed. This allows the preservation of the natural tooth as much as possible.
We at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic take a preventative approach towards the oral health of our patients. We will advise that you to do everything possible to avoid dental decay and therefore avoid filling restorations. Your dentist will be happy to provide extensive oral hygiene instructions and best food diet advice. This will give you all the information you need to stay dentally fit and maintain your oral health.
Sometimes unfortunately decay will occur and progressed making fillings or tooth restorations unavoidable. It is important therefore to visit us at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic for your regular dental check ups, so that we can detect decays at their early start when they occur.
Once tooth decay has been picked on, during your dental examination, the dentist will give you all the options available. Once you start treatment, we can use local anaesthetic to ensure a pain free experience. The dentist will then remove all the decay from the tooth. The cavity will then be restored with a dental restorative material that is right for you. White fillings, most commonly composite material, are hard wearing and can last many years with the right care. The white composite provides you with a very discreet and virtually invisible filling. We can also replace your old silver amalgam fillings with a composite natural tooth colour filling one. As they are mercury free they are an excellence material choice and may help you achieve a more natural looking smile.
White composite fillings are also often used to repair chipped teeth or enhance the shape of someone’s front teeth. This is simply cosmetic treatment to improve the aesthetic look of your smile. Our dentists at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic can advise you if this would be a treatment suitable for you during your dental examination.
Decay can be the result of a combination of things: consumption of certain foods and drinks which contain sugar, poor oral hygiene, accidents or trauma, the use of certain medication that weaken the teeth on its early formation, effects of ageing/enamel wear, to some element genetics.
Below are some of the benefits we have reported on teeth whitening:
- Restoration of the damaged, fractured or decayed teeth
- Improved oral health and oral hygiene
- Front teeth shape alteration to achieve a more harmonious smile
- People smile more
- Gain in confidence, boost of self esteem
- Motivator for lifestyle changes
- Statists says that you will be more likely to get that job offer on an interview if you have a brighter and healthier smile.
Once tooth decay has been picked on, during your dental examination, the dentist will give you all the options available. The initial shade of your teeth is recorded. Once you start treatment, we can use local anaesthetic to ensure a pain free experience. The dentist will then remove all the decay from the tooth.
The cavity will then be restored with a dental restorative material that is right for you. White fillings, most commonly composite material, are hard wearing and can last many years with the right care.
You might be wearing a mouth retractor, called rubber dam, for the duration of the procedure. Your gums and oral tissues will be protected, an activator solution is applied prior to the application of the whitening restorative material and a specialised blue light is used to harden the composite material and speed the process. At the end you are given a mirror to inspect the restorative results achieve and you receive follow-up instructions on how to maintain it.
Some patients report increased sensitivity following a tooth filling treatment however this should pass after a short time.
We have selected procedures that will hopefully reduce any uncomfortable sensations following your treatment plus we can recommend additional products and techniques to minimise any discomfort you may experience.
Ultimately if a tooth is too severely restored as a result of long decay presence or fractured it may require being root treated or even removed.
No, restored teeth with composite white fillings are a treatment of choice because they look so natural. Our team of expert dentists at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic will discuss with you a shade colour that is harmonious to your match the rest of your teeth tone and overall complexion. The shape and design of the filling is carried out to match the original shape of the tooth being restored.
Over time if a white filling starts to change its colour or the tooth colour around it you should have it checked by the dentist at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic. It may be that it needs changing. We will discuss and plan over the years when you come for your routine dental check ups when time has come to replace your old fillings.
This varies from person to person and accordingly to the way the white filling was originally carried out. Low sugar diet, thorough oral hygiene daily routine with use Fluoride toothpaste, frequent routine dental examinations and Oral Hygiene appointments positively influence it.
Here at Maida Smiles Dental Clinic our team of highly qualified dentists will provide you with the best restorative treatments options.