Composite Fillings |White Fillings In Milton Keynes
Dental decay is one of the most common diseases worldwide. At the Abacus Dental, we try to prevent rather than treat. This ensures that decay is avoided where possible. To do this we coach 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 fillings that bonds to the tooth.
Fillings are a natural coloured plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Fillings are used for cosmetic improvements of your smile by changing the colour of your teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Composite Fillings | What Are The Benefits?
- They look like your natural teeth! This sounds obvious but most people would rather have a natural looking smile rather than grey or silver teeth
- We only remove a small amount of your healthy tooth before fillings are applied
- You can eat with your new fillings straight after they have been placed in your tooth
- White fillings can be bonded to your tooth very effectively and once they are in place the tooth is often stronger than it was before
Composite Fillings | What are the alternatives?
The main alternative to composite fillings are amalgam fillings, these are fillings made of liquid mercury and metal alloy which appear metallic once in the tooth. They are a cheaper alternative to composite fillings but are less aesthetically appealing.
Composite Fillings | Frequently Asked Questions
Can I replace my existing amalgam fillings with composite fillings?
Yes we generally recommend that fillings of any kind be replaced only when you need to have them replaced. For example, where decay occurs beneath or around an existing filling, or a filling breaks. Sometimes, when your existing fillings are very large, composite fillings may not be an option, this is when a porcelain inlay may be required.
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.
Why should I consider composite fillings?
Most peoples prefer natural coloured fillings because they look like your existing teeth and 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 match the natural colours of your teeth.