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White fillings

A composite resin filling (white filling) is:

  • Mercury free
  • Made of a tooth coloured plastic mixture filled with glass particles
  • Used for restoring decay.
  • Used for cosmetic improvements

New technological advancements in dentistry has allowed us to do white (composite or resin) natural tooth coloured filling.

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How are they placed?

1. The decayed portion of the tooth must be removed which leaves a hole that needs to be filled to restore the tooth to its original form and function.

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2. The tooth is prepared and etched with a mild acid solution.

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3. Then the composite is placed in layers, using a light specialised to harden each layer.

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4. When the process is done the filling will be shaped to fit the tooth.

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This filling is then polished to prevent staining and early wear. It takes the dentist about 10 - 20 min's longer to place a composite than a silver filling because larger the size the longer the filling will take.

 

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The advantages of white fillings are:

  • Composite filling integrates with the tooth ... it doesn't weaken the tooth as a silver filling does.
  • We now can make smaller holes, since the white material can flow into small places.
  • Due to the smaller hole, there is more of your own tooth left, leaving it stronger.
  • Secondary decay is easier to spot beneath tooth coloured fillings.
  • If damaged, they can be easily fixed.
  • They are temperature and electrical insulators-resistant to extremes of heat and cold.
  • Environmentally safe, no hazardous metal wastes to dispose of and no risk mercury allergy.
  • Allowing us to fix smaller cavities.
  • You don't have to wait till a cavity gets "big enough to fill".
  • In some cases we can do an almost microscopic filling just when it starts by using air abrasion instead of the drill. These are often done without anesthetic if we can catch them early enough.
  • They are a more natural attractive choice.
  • Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth to help prevent breakage.
  • Composite insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
  • Composites (white fillings) last about 8 years with a range of 7 - 10 years.

Inlays/onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to replace your silver fillings. These restorations are usually made from composite resin material, porcelain or gold. Once placed, they are virtually undetectable in the mouth, and they conserve much of your natural tooth structure.

west midlands fillings Before - Silver amalgam or mercury filling clearly visible and aesthetically unattractive
   
sutton coldfield fillings After - White fillings achieve an aesthetic and natural looking finish whilst avoiding the use of mercury. They also serve to hold the filled teeth together rather than spreading them apart.

 

 

 
 
 
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Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham
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B75 5DB
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