Let’s explore the benefits of white fillings

In offering our patients quality cosmetic dentistry our highly capable dentists at Crofts Dental Practice rely on treatments, techniques and products that offer an overall natural dental appearance.white-fillings-essex

We know well how detracting the glint of metal in the mouth can be in a tooth-wide smile. More and more patients are becoming aware of how glaringly obvious certain dental treatments look when they open their mouths to smile or to speak.

To avoid this awkwardness, patients can opt for, where available, tooth-coloured alternatives that blend in with the rest of the mouth, enabling the patient to feel more confident when engaging in face-to-face interactions.

Fillings remain the easiest and most effective form of treatment to deal with cavities. Thanks to progressive dental techniques, patients are no longer limited to just one type of filling choice. The introduction of white fillings Essex offers patients the benefits of both functional and aesthetic qualities.

In this post, we take a look at what white fillings Essex are and why they are the preferred option for patients.

Benefits of choosing white fillings Essex

To fill in cavities (holes in enamel), dental practitioners use dental material (metal or a composite of materials) to stop these holes from getting bigger that leads to eventual tooth decay and loss.

White fillings are made from a combination of materials such as glass and plastic and it is this unique mixture that affords its natural tooth-coloured appearance. The fact that the resin is purposefully matched to the rest of the mouth helps in achieving a desirable seamless look. Natural appearance is just a start on the arm-long list of positive plus points.

Fillings made from composite resin offer an unbeatable quality of structural integrity. A minimal amount of enamel needs to be prepared before receiving white fillings and so teeth weaken (due to removal of a large proportion of enamel) and the resultant teeth sensitivity is avoided. This type of fillings helps to maintain the structure and integrity of teeth receiving treatment as well as that of the rest of the mouth.

Improvements in the technology used in the making of composite resin have resulted in strengthening the fillings to the extent that they now are able to weather the pressures of biting and chewing without the fear of cracking.

The nature of composite resin fillings make it so that they take less time to put in. The materials in the resin harden relatively quickly, and once applied to the tooth receiving treatment, our dentist will use a special light to quicken the hardening process – a process that can take a matter of seconds.

There is no equal to the versatility of white fillings. As the material blends in to match the rest of the tooth, these can be used to fix other dental flaws apart from tooth decay, like fill in chips and cracks in enamel and improve the look of worn down teeth.

Need to bring back your beautiful smile? Let our experienced friendly dentists at Crofts Dental Practice help restore your dental health and function. Simply call our reception team to book a consultation appointment for you to find out more how we can help you improve your smile.

Wondering why our team is offering you white fillings? 5 advantages they offer over metal ones

If you were someone who grew up in either the ’70s or the ’80s, chances are that if you required a filling of any kind, it would have been made from metal.white-fillings-essex

Of course, making fillings from metal was commonplace for centuries; metal is hardy, durable and can handle the pressure which your teeth undertake every day without altering the taste of food.

But if you have ever needed restorative work or a filling placed on your front teeth, chances are that your dentist would have chosen either a composite or porcelain filling. Aside from the aesthetic appeal, are these filling types any different from metal ones?

At Crofts Dental, our dentist has fitted thousands of white fillings in Essex and can attest to the advantages that these alternative restoratives offer to patients. Aside from being able to more accurately control the colour to blend it with the surrounding tooth, we now almost exclusively fit either porcelain or composite fillings for our patients, using metal options in rare cases.

So, why do we prefer to fit white fillings in Essex as opposed to metal ones? Read on to find out!

Durable

As mentioned earlier, one of the main reasons metal was used for centuries in relation to fillings was its durability. It can withstand excessive amounts of pressure which no other material could, making it ideal for this purpose.

However, the materials used to make white fillings in Essex (composite or porcelain) are also able to withstand these pressures and won’t draw stares when you throw your head back laughing. They blend right in!

Temperature resistant

We all know that metal contracts in the cold and expands with heat.

Well, when you have fillings made from metal, they do the same thing! If you regularly consume hot drinks like tea, your metal fillings will expand, causing cracks in the surrounding tooth. And as they cool, they will shrink which, due to the cracks, can cause them to come loose.

Porcelain and enamel do not have this issue, and remain the same size they were when they were put in, regardless of what you eat or drink. Great!

Cosmetic

In modern dental care, we have all the tools to make your teeth function so now, we focus a lot of our efforts onto the cosmetics.

And as mentioned earlier, porcelain or composite fillings can be colour matched to your surrounding tooth, allowing them to blend in.

Protective

Composite fillings are often used to protect or strengthen your teeth after procedures such as root canals.

As they are chip and crack resistant, they offer superior protection against bacteria. So, should any stains accumulate on them indicating less than adequate hygiene, it is easily spotted by our team and removed.

Long lasting

Composite and porcelain fillings offer you a superior lifespan when compared to metal ones.

As they rarely crack or chip, they are unlikely to need replacing and due to their lack of response to temperatures, they will not damage the surrounding tooth.

Brightening things up on white fillings in Essex

Service with a smile

white-fillings-essexHere at Crofts Dental Practice, we are more than your average dental practice. It is our philosophy that, just as no two sets of teeth are identical, no two sets of treatments should be the same either. Rather, we make our goal to provide each of our patients with a bespoke dental service which is moulded around their specific needs and requirements. Whether the most complicated of dental procedures is required, or just a smile check-up, we take the time to get to familiarise ourselves with the needs of each of our individual, unique patients and provide them with a dental service which is second-to-none. We provide an entire range of dentistry options to our patients, which include cosmetic solutions such as white fillings in Essex to ensure that they achieve the smile they deserve. We’ve found that, by connecting with our patients on a personal, human basis, the barriers between patient and practitioner are re-established and a far more mutually advantageous relationship can come to pass, rather than simply opting for the one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry which has sadly become all too common in numerous practices across the county.

Seamless smiles

One of the most popular methods of cosmetic dentistry, across all age demographics, which we offer here at Crofts Dental Practice, is the installation of white fillings in Essex . These are used in instances where a patient’s tooth has become decayed or eroded – through poor oral hygiene or accident – and acts as a filling to restore the cohesiveness of their smile and the strength of their teeth. Generally, dental fillings are constructed from a metal colored dental filling material, which is used to fill holes within the patient’s teeth. These are effective in restoring the patient’s teeth to their full strength and eradicating the risk of decay spreading, although they are often largely noticeable within their mouths due to their colour. White fillings in Essex however, are a similar process, although a white, tooth-coloured dental filling material is utilised, so that the filling becomes practically invisible within the patient’s mouth. These fillings are specifically color-matched to the patient’s surrounding teeth so that they are virtually undetectable to the untrained eye. Similar to conventional, metal colored fillings, white fillings are constructed from a specialist dental material which is strong enough to withstand the biting force of the patients, and restore their ability to chew properly. However, they uniquely afford patients the ability to smile, without the risk of exposing a metallic glint within their mouths, which in turn can have a largely positive effect on their self-esteem and confidence as they can smile freely and without care – as everyone ought to be able to do. Like all service we provide here at Crofts Dental Practice, it is our belief that prevention is the best course of treatment, and as such when we insal white filling we also take the time to explain to our patient’s various tips and techniques they can employ in the future to avoid any further fillings from needing to be installed.

Shine like the stars

Another, vasly popular method of cosmetic dentistry which we provide here at Crofts Dental Practice, is cosmetic teeth whitening. This treatment’s popularity has grown vastly in recent years across all age demographics, due to the increased focus on having a white, healthy smile which has come about through the rise in social media documentation and what is presented through films, media and television. The process of cosmetic tooth whitening eradicates superficial stains and discoloration of a patient’s teeth through the use of a specialist, peroxide-based whitening gel which is applied directly to the patins teeth. This gel cleans away stains which can come about through certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drinking red wine, tea or black coffee, or from taking certain medications – and can provide patients with a renewed whiter, brighter smile and the self confidence to match.

Lose count of your fillings

How many fillings have you had over the years? Not sure? How about if you count them? That’s easy to do if you had your cavities filled with amalgam, that dark silvery-grey filling material made of silver, tin and mercury.

It’s not so easy to do if you have white fillings in Essex, and if you can’t count how many fillings you’ve had because you can’t see them, then neither can anyone else. And that’s the point of white fillings, they are a far more discreet way to have cavities filled than amalgam.

White Fillings in EssexWhite fillings are made of a mixture of glass and plastic that is coloured to match the teeth. This mixture is called composite resin. Over the years, since white fillings first came on the market, they have got a lot stronger and more durable.

There are some good reasons, beyond aesthetics, to use white fillings instead of amalgam.

Teeth are stronger

When the dentist drills out decay for a filling, they take more healthy tooth material away for an amalgam filling than for a composite filling. This means that the tooth is stronger with white fillings because more of it is left behind. When it comes to back teeth, this is a real plus, as these teeth can really take a pounding when chewing is in full force.

Bonding

White filling material goes in in layers and each layer is cured (hardened) with a UV light, bonding it to the walls of the cavity. There are no micro-gaps for bacteria to sneak in and under the filling and get busy decaying the tooth. Amalgam, on the other hand, is packed in tightly but does not actually bond with the tooth. Bacteria can still get in and start decaying the tooth.

Sculpting new chewing surfaces

Amalgam is soft, and once it goes into the tooth, it lies flat. Back teeth that are filled with amalgam lose their chewing surfaces. The layers of white filling however, can be sculpted once they have been hardened and the teeth can have the bumps and valleys of their chewing surfaces recreated.

Ask for more info next time you come into Crofts Dental Practice in Essex.

A closer look at white fillings

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.

White Fillings in EssexAt 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.

Get in touch

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.