Composite Fillings (White)

A natural looking alternative - the composite or tooth-coloured filling. Composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) first introduced in the 1960s. Originally only used for front teeth because of their softer nature, modern improvements to their composition make them generically suitable today.

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Questions & Answers

Why consider white fillings?

Many people do not want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about they way they look. Silver fillings can appear grey and unsightly. Old, ugly, or worn out fillings are replaced by modern, tooth coloured filling materials, which give a high cosmetic result The fillings are bonded to the tooth, feel very natural and colour-matched to the surrounding tooth, making them appear almost invisible.

Are they as good as silver fillings?

In the past white fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver fillings. But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.

Is it worth replacing my amalgam fillings with white ones?

It is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist decides that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced with a tooth-coloured material.

What are tooth-coloured fillings made of?

This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient. They are metal free

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