An important aspect of providing high-quality dental care involves eliminating outdated treatments. White fillings, or tooth-colored fillings as they are also known, are made of composite resin. While metal fillings have been in use for many years, and have served their purpose well as the only option available during much of that time, they are now not always the best option available.
At Crofts Dental Practice, we believe that composite resin bonding materials provide better alternatives to metal fillings in terms of appearance and function. Clinical experience has shown that white fillings are more stable when exposed to hot and cold temperatures, compared to metal fillings that expand and contract. As such, white fillings help preserve the strength and appearance of the tooth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need replacement at some point. However, they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, attractive smile.
How are white fillings placed?
White fillings can usually be placed within one visit to the dentist. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay and anything that’s left of your old filling if there was one. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is attached.
If the decay was near the root of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The white filling will then be precisely placed and shaped, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; however, this will diminish shortly after your tooth gets accustomed to the new filling.
Can I have metal fillings replaced with white fillings?
If you want to have white fillings in Essex to replace your silver fillings this may be possible, depending on your individual circumstances. However, in most cases, your dentist will suggest not to remove existing fillings if they are working well.
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If you would like to improve your smile with white fillings in Essex, please contact us and we will book a consultation appointment for you.