Dental technology has evolved over the years and traditional metal fillings are not the only option available to treat cavities and tooth decay. Composite fillings, widely known as white fillings, are made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. Although they were introduced in the 1960s, they have been gaining popularity in recent years for different reasons – from aesthetic to practical ones.
At Meadowbank Dental, we use white fillings to help our patients maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Compared to metal ones, white fillings are more attractive and will let you smile with confidence. Additionally, we will match the colour of the fillings with that of your teeth for a completely natural appearance.
Less tooth preparation
Unlike composite fillings, metal fillings require a larger hole to be drilled in your tooth so that it can properly adhere. Unfortunately, this tends to weaken the tooth structure and for this reason, metal fillings often need replacing every few years. With composite fillings, only the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, as these fillings are built in layers inside and around your tooth.
White fillings can be sculpted directly onto your teeth and as a result, they do not only cover cavities, but strengthen the tooth enamel as well. Metal fillings, on the other hand, are wedged in your tooth and biting pressure is not evenly distributed on them. Therefore, white fillings can protect affected teeth more effectively.
The most obvious advantage of white fillings is their appearance. Not only are they less visible than metal fillings, but they can also be customised to match the exact shade of your teeth. This advantage offers patients a more natural-looking dental restoration.
Protect your teeth white fillings
If you are considering a white filling or worried about the stability of your metal fillings, give us a call and we will book a consultation appointment for you. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth thoroughly and guide you through the treatment process from the beginning. We are here to restore your smile and oral health in the best way possible.