A white composite filling is the most commonly used type of filling these days as it looks very natural and bonds to the remaining tooth tissue very well. A composite white filling can be provided for patients in a single visit.
Porcelain or composite Inlay or Onlay are indirect white fillings that are more appropriate for larger cavities. An Inlay or Onlay take two visits to be made as a dental technician constructs them in the dental laboratory.
Dental filling Care
In the immediate period after a filling is carried out, that side of the mouth maybe very numb and there is a risk of damage to the lip and tongue on that side by chewing on them during function. It’s advisable not to use the tongue and lip on that side of the mouth too much until the numbness has stopped.
Daily Flossing and brushing of the tooth and filling is essential to prevent bacterial accumulation around the filling margins which can lead to bacterial leakage.
Are there any risks to having white fillings?
There can be some tooth sensitivity after a deep white filling is carried out. This usually settles down within days or a few weeks after the filling is carried out.
Very rarely, if the sensitivity and pain persists due to having a very deep filling, then root canal treatment may become necessary.
After 30 minutes restoration appointment on the same day.
Total Cost: £85
In time white fillings can stain, debond, chip or fracture. Occasionally if the filling is very large it’s advisable to have a dental crown instead of a filling to reduce the risk of tooth or filling fracture.
What is the difference between white and silver fillings?
White fillings bond to the tooth tissue far better than silver fillings and look much more natural and more closely resemble tooth enamel. As white fillings bond to tooth tissue very well, this has some protective effect against further tooth wall fracture. However metallic silver fillings are stronger than resin white composite resin fillings and have a longer average lifespan.
Black colour amalgam fillings contain mercury and the use of mercury in these fillings has raised some controversy over the years within the dental profession. Although the health risks of mercury within fillings, is as yet unproven, some patients prefer not to have any amalgam fillings in case health risks come to light in future.
White fillings are more technically demanding than black (amalgam) fillings and require more practice time and hence usually cost more than silver fillings.
How long do white fillings last?
With good aftercare and maintenance white fillings should last for many years.
Patients can increase the lifespan of their fillings by brushing and flossing daily and correctly, reducing the frequency of dietary sugar intake and seeing their dentists and hygienist every 6 months so that their fillings can be closely monitored and their teeth cleaned.