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White Fillings

Restore the shape and integrity of your teeth.

White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are a popular and effective way to treat cavities and repair small to medium-sized cracks or fractures in teeth. Made of a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles, white fillings are designed to closely match the colour of natural teeth, making them a virtually invisible solution for restoring the appearance and function of damaged teeth.

One of the major advantages of white fillings is that they can be used on both front and back teeth. This means that patients can choose white fillings for both cosmetic and functional reasons, unlike traditional metal fillings that are mostly used in back teeth.

White fillings are also a more conservative option for treating cavities as they require less removal of healthy tooth structure than traditional metal fillings. This is because the composite material used in white fillings can bond directly to the tooth, allowing for a more precise and conservative restoration.

Another benefit of white fillings is that they can help to strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure. The composite material used in white fillings contains a resin that hardens and bonds to the tooth, creating a seal that can prevent further decay. This can help to extend the life of the restored tooth and reduce the likelihood of future cavities or fractures.

The procedure for placing white fillings is straightforward and typically takes only one visit to the dentist. First, the tooth is cleaned and any decay is removed. Then, the composite filling material is placed in the tooth and shaped to match the natural tooth shape. Finally, the filling is hardened and polished to create a smooth, natural-looking finish.

In summary, white fillings are an effective, aesthetically pleasing and conservative solution for treating cavities and small to medium-sized cracks or fractures in teeth. They are made of a composite material that can match the color of natural teeth, can be used on both front and back teeth, require less removal of healthy tooth structure, strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure, are more comfortable than traditional metal fillings and the procedure is simple and fast. If you're looking for a natural-looking solution to restore your damaged teeth, white fillings might be the right choice for you.

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What are dental fillings? 

Dental fillings are resin materials used to fill holes or cracks in a tooth to increase strength, improve appearance, and restore shape. With over 90% of Australians struggling with some form of tooth decay, this dental procedure is incredibly common. 

When are dental fillings needed?

We advise patients to receive fillings when a tooth has experienced decay, cracks or where an old filling has become worn. Occasionally fillings are required after a tooth has become sensitive or painful and occasionally they are required before there are any symptoms, to prevent any further issues.

What are the causes of tooth decay? 

Tooth decay is one of the most common dental health issues affecting Australians. There are a number of reasons you might be experiencing this issue. A build up of bacteria around the teeth can be one contributing factor. Dietary factors also play a role in the development of tooth decay, particularly where sugary or acidic foods and drinks are regularly consumed. Other factors can contribute to the risk of tooth decay such as certain medications, natural defects in a tooth and more.

How to know when you need a filling? 

  • An incidental finding at your dentist appointment

  • You have pain when chewing. 

  • Sugary or cold foods are sensitive to your teeth. 

  • You see or feel a hole in your tooth.

 

Contact us today to set up an appointment to assess if you need any fillings.

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