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WHITE FILLINGS

Why should I consider white fillings?

Most people have fillings of one sort or another in their mouths. Nowadays fillings are not only functional, but can be natural looking as well. Many people don't want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look.

Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?

It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material.

What is involved in placing a white filling?

The dentist will remove any decay and old filling material. Any weak part of the tooth is removed and the resulting cavity is then shaped so it can hold the filling. The cavity is then primed with an etchant and a resin bond is then applied. The cavity is then filled with the composite material in increments and hardened with a light curing machine. The filling is finally checked to make sure that it is not high and then polished to ensure a smooth surface.

What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?

This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient.

Does it hurt to have a filling?

No, you will have a local anaesthetic, so the treatment will not hurt you. The dentist will make sure you are completely numb before they carry out any treatment.

What are the benefits of white fillings?