White fillings are a popular choice amongst our patients when they need fillings for their teeth.
White fillings – otherwise known as composite white fillings – are a popular choice because they can match the shade, translucency and even the texture of your natural teeth. It is the preferred option to amalgam/silver-fillings, as some find these to be unsightly when you smile.
Old metal fillings are usually replaced by tooth coloured composite for cosmetic reasons by dentists, or sometimes electively as patients do not like the idea of metal in their bodies.
White fillings can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth, for example fixing chips or grooves in tooths enamal, increasing the size of small teeth or closing gaps between teeth. Read more about composite bonding here.
What are white fillings for?
White fillings are bonded to the teeth and are recommended for small to medium sized cavities.
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure to place a white composite white filling requires several steps. The first of those is to anaesthetise the tooth with local anaesthetic. The tooth where the filling is going is thoroughly cleaned. Then the correct shade of filling is selected, the tooth is kept dry. The filling is then applied and exposed to a special light which enables the material to harden and set. The filling is then polished to give the desired shape and finish.
This client was unhappy with the chips on his front teeth. At our Manchester based surgery, we placed white fillings on the teeth to restore their shape and appearance recreating their appearance
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