Advance Dental Clinic in the heart of Essex provides white fillings to restore your teeth safely with the added benefit of natural looking aesthetics. White fillings are more environmentally friendly than amalgam fillings and we provide new fillings as well as replacement white fillings for mercury amalgam fillings.
What are fillings and why would I need one?
Fillings are restorative dental treatments most commonly used to fill cavities, which are holes that develop in the surface of tooth. Cavities increase the risk of oral infections and filling the cavity helps to prevent further decay, as well as making the tooth stronger.
In the past, mercury amalgam was used to fill cavities, but more and more dental patients are now choosing to have white fillings. White fillings, which are made from dental composite, match the natural tooth colour for improved aesthetics and are also considered a much safer option than mercury fillings.
If you have tooth decay, you may be advised to have a filling. Fillings are a means of bolstering the tooth and preventing the infection from spreading to other parts of the tooth. Fillings can also be used to repair damaged teeth.
What happens when a tooth is filled?
The procedure to fill a tooth is fairly straightforward and involves preparing and cleaning the tooth and then filling the cavity. Initially, the decayed tissue will be removed from the tooth and then the hole will be cleaned thoroughly to remove bacteria. Bonding agent is then applied to the cavity to enable the composite to stick. The composite is then poured into the cavity and hardened using a curing light. This process is quick and painless. The filling is then trimmed and treatment is complete.