At Turriff Dental Care, we use some of the most recently developed white filling solutions. These modern composite materials are strong, long-lasting and look totally natural. They come in a wide selection of shades so that, in most cases, it is quite impossible to see that the tooth has ever been filled.
Not only do white fillings maintain the aesthetics of your teeth, but they are also crucial to promoting good oral health.
Fillings are one of the most basic methods of restoring teeth, usually when they have been damaged by tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when the enamel and dentine of a tooth become softened by an acid attack from food or drink, producing a cavity (hole). If the decay is not too serious, our cosmetic dentist will remove all the decay and restore the tooth structure with a filling.
Dental fillings are also used in other more extensive dental procedures, such as root canal treatment.
As your dentist will numb the area, a dental filling procedure should be virtually painless. You might feel some tenderness after your treatment; this is normal and should subside after a few days.
On average, a dental filling procedure shouldn’t take longer than an hour. A simple filling can sometimes take as little as 20 minutes.
Dental technology has come a long way in recent years. No longer are dentists required to use bulky grey or silver fillings. These practices from days gone by can put people off coming for fillings or lamenting how they might look.
At Turriff Dental Care, we provide tooth coloured composite fillings that are virtually undetectable in your mouth. Incredibly natural looking, we blend several shades to achieve the perfect colour match with your natural teeth. This renders the parts of the tooth that have been filled almost invisible.
Our fillings are made of a combination of powdered glass, ceramic and a composite resin base, making them metal-free.
When we ask patients if there is anything they would like to change about their smile, they often say that they are not happy with their amalgam (grey or silver coloured) fillings. They can be quite visible, and having a number of them can make you feel very self-conscious about smiling or laughing.
It is certainly possible to replace amalgam fillings, but it will depend on the patient and their oral health. If you would like more information or discuss possible replacement of your existing amalgam fillings, please ask us. We will be happy to tell you more.
Generally speaking, composite white fillings are seen as less durable than metal-based amalgam fillings. However, new advances in technology have ensured that white fillings last longer than ever before.
As in most cases, the longevity of your filling will depend on how you care for it, your lifestyle, and the extent of your treatment. White fillings tend to do better for small to moderate restorations over large cavities.
Like all types of fillings, they can sometimes crack, leak, or fall out. This might be because decay has developed around them, or there has been trauma from biting or impact. Luckily, we can simply repair or replace your fillings with ease.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the surgery with any questions you might have or to book an initial consultation. We are delighted to help.