Dental decay is one of the most prevalent diseases worldwide. At the Abacus Dental we adopt a preventative approach to ensure that dental decay is avoided where possible. This involves coaching our patients on how to improve their diet, oral hygiene habits and provide fluoride advice.
A white filling is a tooth coloured resin material usually known as a composite that bonds to the tooth.
A composite filling is a tooth coloured plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Benefits of White Fillings
- They are white! This sounds very basic but there is no way anyone will notice them once within your mouth, making them suitable for any tooth
- Only a small amount of your healthy tooth is removed before a composite filling is applied
- You can use your fillings immediately after they have been placed in your tooth
- They can be bonded, or joined, to your tooth very effectively and once they are the tooth is often stronger than it was before
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider composite fillings?
Many patients prefer tooth coloured fillings because they look natural and other people can’t see them when you laugh or smile. Composite fillings are often called "white fillings" but we actually use a wide range of different shades to exactly match the natural colour of your teeth.
How long do composite fillings last?
Our clinical audit data shows that 96% of the composite fillings we place on front teeth last for more than 5 years. We are so confident of the quality of our composite fillings.
Can I replace my existing amalgam fillings with composite fillings?
Yes, though we generally recommend that fillings of any kind be replaced only when this is clinically necessary: for example, where decay occurs beneath or around an existing filling or a filling breaks. Sometimes, when the existing fillings are very large, a composite filling may not be an option - a porcelain inlay may be required.