Why white fillings?
Fillings were traditionally made of metal amalgam, but in recent years white fillings have become increasingly popular due to aesthetic and environmental reasons.
The simplest kind of white filling is made from dental composite, which contains quartz resin and a light sensitive agent. The fillings are very natural looking and can be fitted in a single appointment. Composite fillings can be used for the front and back teeth, and there are different shades available to ensure the filling blends in with the natural tooth colour.
Composite fillings are bonded to teeth, but before this process takes places, the tooth is cleaned and any decayed tissue removed. The bonding process involves applying a thin layer of resin to the tooth, which bonds to the prepared surface of the affected tooth. Once the composite material has been bonded, an intensive light beam will be used to harden the filling.
Many of our patients ask the same questions after having a filling: ‘When can I eat?’ And the answer is, ‘Straight away!’ The fillings are solidified by the light instantly, meaning the tooth will be restored to full strength. You may experience increased sensitivity for a short period of time, and if this persists please come back and speak to us.