Back in the day, the only type of filling available to patients was the less-than-sightly amalgam silver filling, which in recent years has received negative press due to concerns about the mercury content and its possible impact on dental health. In recent years, there has been a move away from amalgam fillings, thanks to the invention of white fillings, a more aesthetic solution for protecting a tooth from further decay and cavities. Made from composite resin (and commonly referred to as “composite fillings”) white fillings are certainly a game changer in the world of general dentistry. Let’s take a look at why.
When might you need a filling?
Firstly, a little about when and why a filling is necessary. Fillings are a simple and minimally-invasive procedure that restore a tooth that’s become damaged due to decay. Your dentist will remove the decayed matter from your tooth and thoroughly clean it out. It’s then filled with a filling material which in the case of white fillings, is composite resin. In closing off the areas where bacteria could potentially enter, your tooth and neighbouring teeth are healthy and protected.
White fillings: made with you in mind
One of the most stand-out things about white fillings is their cosmetic appeal. You won’t have to worry about your filling standing out when you open your mouth to chew or speak – many patients who replace amalgam fillings with white fillings feel more confident about their smile and in themselves – we always love it when patients leave the practice feeling this way. The filling will be made to match your natural tooth shade, fitting in seamlessly with your existing teeth. No-one need know you have had a filling!
Say goodbye to tooth sensitivity
Amalgam fillings can be problematic when it comes to eating particularly hot or cold foods, as they’re prone to contracting and expanding with temperature changes. This is not the case with white fillings, making them more less likely to become damaged.
A great fit for your tooth
Silver fillings are bulkier, requiring more space in order to fit in your mouth. Fortunately white fillings do not require as much space and therefore preserve a bigger portion of your tooth. They’re also bonded directly to the tooth, which means they’re less likely to come out of place when you chew.