More people are choosing white fillings, also known as composite or invisible fillings to strengthen their teeth because they represent a reliable, healthier and aesthetically-pleasing alternative to metal amalgam fillings. White fillings are designed to blend in with the tooth structure meaning that the filling is not visible when you smile.
About white fillings
Fillings are a type of restoration used for strengthening the teeth and preventing further damage. You may need to have a filling if you have a cavity (a hole in the tooth). The filling will restore the strength of the tooth and help to prevent the spread of decay. If cavities are not filled decay can spread and the tooth may become weak. You may also experience toothache and pain, especially when you chew or bite down.
The filling procedure
The filling procedure is relatively simple, but we understand that any dental procedure can be overwhelming for many patients. We are on hand to provide support and will be happy to answer any questions you have about having fillings. Before the cavity is filled the tooth will be numbed with a local aesthetic to ensure the entire procedure is painless.
Before a tooth is filled the cavity is cleaned and the decayed tissue is removed from the tooth. An etching material is then inserted into the cavity to make it easier for the filling material to bond to the tooth. Filling material is poured into the cavity and set firm using an intensive ray of light, after which we will trim and shape and stain the filling to ensure a perfect fit and colour match.
Benefits of a white filling
The major benefit is that the filling is matched to the natural shade of your teeth. This means that the filing will blend in with rest of the tooth, unlike metal filings. Metal fillings were at one time considered much stronger than white fillings, but modern filling materials are more durable and white fillings now suit most cases.
Here at Alpha House Dental Practice we treat patients from all over the country but in particular those residing in Birchington, Margate and Thanet, East Kent.