With significant advances in dental materials many fillings are now completed with white composite restorations. Composite restorations can be used to repair worn or fractured front teeth by matching the tooth tissue colour to various white filling materials.
Why should I consider white fillings?
White fillings are very natural looking, as well as doing the job they’re meant to do. While they have traditionally been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings, advances in materials now mean that white fillings are virtually as durable as silver amalgam.
Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?
It is generally best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. When this happens you can ask to have it replaced with a tooth-coloured filling.
What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?
Composite fillings: Made from powdered glass, quartz, silica or other ceramic particles added to a resin base. Your dentist will choose a shade to match your own teeth. After the tooth is prepared, the filling is bonded onto the area with an adhesive and a light shone onto it to set it. With this type of filling, the dentist may have to remove less of the tooth, which is obviously better.
Glass Ionomer: Glass Ionomer fillings form a chemical bond with the tooth. They may also release fluoride, which helps prevent further tooth decay. This type of filling is relatively weak and is usually used on non-biting surfaces, such as around the neck of the tooth.
Porcelain inlays: Our laboratory can now use computer technology to design and prepare perfectly fitted porcelain inlays. Porcelain tends to be very hard wearing and long lasting, and it can be precisely coloured to match your own teeth. This type of filling is significantly more expensive than the standard white filling. Your dentist will explain all of your options before any treatment commences.
Amalgam (Silver) Fillings
On occasion it is more clinically beneficial to restore teeth with amalgam (silver) fillings. Amalgam is a very durable filling material and is appropriate in cases where the filling will not be visible or where there is significant restoration to be done.
Our dentists will be happy to discuss all of your options with you and provide a written quote before any treatment is carried out.