When it comes to dental fillings, discretion is the word. Our white fillings restore and repair your decayed teeth without detracting from the beauty of your smile. Whether you need a new filling or you’re interested in replacing your silver amalgam fillings with white fillings, we can help.
About white fillings
White fillings are so-called because they are coloured to match the shade of the tooth and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile. We use dental composite, which comes in a range of shades, to fill cavities and strengthen your teeth with minimal impact on the look of the tooth. The composite blends in with the natural whiteness of the tooth for a flawless finish; you won’t be able to notice the difference between the filling and the rest of the tooth and you won’t be able to spot the filling when you smile.
Why would I need a filling?
The most common purpose for a filling is to fill a cavity; cavities are holes, which form in the surface of the tooth when the enamel becomes weak as a result of harmful bacteria and plaque acids. Once a cavity has formed, there is a risk that bacterial infection will spread through the tooth and a filling helps to prevent this from happening.
What happens when you have a filling?
When you have a filling, your dentist will use local anaesthetic to numb your tooth; this prevents you from feeling any pain when the procedure begins. Your dentist will then remove any decayed tissue from the cavity and clean it thoroughly to remove bacteria and ensure that the hole is completely clear. Bonding agent is then applied to the tooth surface; this helps the composite to adhere. At this point, the composite and soft and malleable and your dentist will shape it to fit the cavity. The composite will then be set using a curing light and the filling will harden. When the composite is set, your dentist will trim the filling so that it fits the cavity exactly and treatment is then complete.