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Why Tooth Coloured Fillings Are Better For Your Teeth In Essex

If you have a cavity in your tooth, our dentists will probably recommend placing a filling. There are different types of filling, and in most cases, we recommend tooth-coloured fillings.

About tooth-coloured fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings, also known as white fillings, are an effective, aesthetically pleasing means of protecting your teeth and preventing the spread of infection when a cavity, a hole, forms. If you have a cavity, there’s a risk of bacteria spreading to other parts of the tooth, and this can increase the risk of infection and further damage. White fillings offer an alternative to mercury amalgam fillings, which are becoming less popular.

The benefits of tooth-coloured fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings are becoming more commonplace due to their aesthetic benefits, but also as a result of concerns about the safety and environmental impact of mercury fillings. Tooth-coloured fillings are virtually invisible when you smile, unlike amalgam fillings, and they’re also safe and more eco-friendly.

How is a filling placed?

If you need a new filling, or you’re having an old filling replaced, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen before administering local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and prevent any pain. Once the cavity is clear of any old fillings or debris, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly, and then a bonding agent will be applied. This will help the composite material to stick inside the cavity. The composite, which is matched to your natural tooth shade, will be poured into the cavity and then shaped to ensure a snug fit. Your dentist will then shine a curing light onto the tooth and this will set the filling. The final step is to carry out any final adjustments to make sure the filling fits the cavity perfectly. Placing a filling should take less than an hour.

Discreet Dental Fillings

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.

Replace Amalgam Fillings with White Composite Fillings for a Stunning Smile

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.

Amazing fillings available with cosmetic bonding from Colchester dentists

If you are ashamed of your personal appearance because of unsightly metal fillings or suffer from painful cavities, cosmetic bonding might be your way of achieving a proud smile and a pain-free mouth. You can have the perfect smile thanks to technological advancements which enable dentists to fill cavities with tooth-coloured composites in just one session.

Amazing cosmetic bonding techniques are now available with Colchester dentists who can replace an existing, metal filling or fill a painful cavity. The dental composite which is used is made from acrylic resin and fillers and is mouldable to fit into your cavities in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.

Having selected an appropriate shade of bond which matches your surrounding teeth, your dentist will clear the area of debris and tartar and apply a special gel to ease the bonding. Once the bond is applied, either in one go or stages, it is subjected to a curing light and then buffed and polished into a fine finish. You will then have a filling which is almost invisible and last far longer than traditional metal fillings.

This advance in dentistry means that the lengthy process of having metal fillings installed are a worry of the past. You can have your existing fillings replaced or your cavities filled in just one visit to your dentist. Cosmetic bonding will allow you to smile once again with confidence as no-one will even notice that you have had a filling, such is the natural look of the special composite. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.