If you don’t like the appearance of discoloured or dark fillings in your mouth, or would prefer fillings which are more natural in appearance, why not talk to a member of our team?
White fillings are made of composite resin, which can be more aesthetic in appearance than some of the conventional materials that have been traditionally used, such as silver amalgam.
Composite resin bonds to the enamel of your teeth and can be closely matched to the colour of your teeth. It requires minimal tooth preparation, compared to amalgam fillings, veneers or crowns. When applied correctly, composite resin can even be used to fill teeth towards the back of your mouth.
Can composite fillings be used on broken teeth?
Composite can be used to restore the shape and colour of natural teeth. However, if the tooth is heavily broken down, with no enamel, the composite will not bond as strongly to your tooth. Other options, such as amalgam fillings or crowns may be more suitable for rebuilding the shape and function of your tooth. If you have any concerns, please talk to your dentist.
Are composite fillings safer than silver amalgam?
Some patients believe that having metal fillings replaced with composite fillings will improve their general health. This has not been proven scientifically and there are no promises or guarantees that the removal of silver fillings and the subsequent replacement with composite fillings will improve, alleviate or prevent any current or future health conditions.
Are composite fillings as strong as amalgam?
Yes. The technique for placement of white (composite) fillings can differ to that of amalgam, but it can be equally strong once set in the mouth.
Though composite resin technology continues to advance, extreme chewing pressures or other traumatic forces, such as tooth grinding or clenching habits may cause white fillings to be dislodged or fractured. The resin- to- tooth enamel bond can fail, resulting in leakage and recurrent decay.
I have had tooth whitening. Can I have a composite filling?
Yes. We recommend waiting a minimum of 4 weeks after tooth whitening to have your white filling placed or replaced, for best results.
Existing white fillings will not change colour with tooth whitening.