White Fillings

Mercury amalgam has long been the filling material of choice for dentists and while there is no denying that this is a functional, hard wearing and long lasting material the cosmetic aspects are far from ideal.

Amalgam fillings may either show directly or cause your teeth to have an unsightly dark, ‘shadowed’ appearance. White fillings are an excellent solution, quartz based ceramic fillings can be colour matched to your adjacent teeth to give you an instant improvement in your smile restoring decayed or broken portions of teeth almost invisibly.

Other Types of Dental Filling

1. Ceramics

These fillings are made most often of porcelain, are more resistant to staining than composite resin material but are also more abrasive.

2. Glass Ionomer

Made of acrylic and a specific type of glass material. This material is most commonly used for fillings below the gum line and for fillings in young children (drilling is still required). Glass ionomers release fluoride, which can help protect the tooth from further decay.

Advantages of White Composite Dental Fillings

1. Aesthetics

The shade/colour of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth. Composites are particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.

3. Versatility

In addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.

2. Bond to Tooth Structure

Composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support.

4. Tooth-sparing Preparation

Sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.

Before & After White Composite Dental Fillings

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