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White Fillings

Composite tooth coloured fillings offer a great cosmetic alternative to older metal fillings. They replace damaged or decaying parts of the tooth as a normal filling would. However, they are colour-matched to blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth. The benefits are not just cosmetic, because as the composite adheres to the tooth, it provides better protection against decay, and supports the remaining tooth structure. This gives you natural looking fillings which will last for years to come.

  • Long lasting, discreet fillings
  • Natural-looking
  • Adds strength to decayed teeth

About White Fillings at Bridgford Dental

If your dentist finds a cavity or decay in your tooth, it may need a filling. Symptoms of tooth decay can include sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods, pain when chewing, visible holes or pits in your teeth, or a bad taste in your mouth. However, it’s important to note that sometimes tooth decay may not show any symptoms, which is why regular checkups are crucial.

When a person has a cavity or a fractured tooth, a filling is often necessary to restore the tooth’s structural integrity and prevent further decay or damage. The process of having a filling typically begins with the administration of local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. This ensures that the patient is comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the dentist will use a dental drill to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. Your dentist will then clean the cavity thoroughly to ensure that no debris or bacteria remain.

After the cavity has been cleaned, your dentist will fill the space with a filling material. This material can be made from a variety of substances, including composite resin, porcelain, or amalgam. Your dentist will carefully shape the filling material to match the contours of the tooth, ensuring that it fits snugly and does not interfere with the patient’s bite.

Once the filling is in place, your dentist will polish the tooth to ensure that it is smooth and free of any rough edges. This helps to prevent irritation or sensitivity in the surrounding gums and tissue. The entire process of having a filling typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the size and location of the cavity.

After the procedure, the patient may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity as the anaesthesia wears off. This is normal and should subside within a few days. Patients should also be careful to avoid eating or drinking anything too hot or cold for a few hours after the procedure, as the tooth may be temporarily sensitive. With proper care and maintenance, a filling can last for many years and help to protect the tooth from further damage or decay.

The Benefits of White Fillings

White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are made of a tooth-coloured resin material that blends in seamlessly with the natural colour of your teeth, making them virtually invisible. This is particularly beneficial for those who want to maintain a natural-looking smile. Also, white fillings are less invasive than silver fillings and require less tooth preparation, which helps preserve more of your natural tooth structure. They are durable and long-lasting, providing you with a reliable and aesthetically pleasing option for restoring your teeth.

  • Your beautiful smile restored
  • Nobody will know you have a filling
  • Easy to apply and maintain

What to expect during your white fillings treatment

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We will examine the affected tooth and take an X-ray to determine the extent of the decay.

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The area around the affected tooth will be numbed with a local anaesthetic. The decayed portion of the tooth will be removed using a dental drill.

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The resin is applied in layers and hardened with a special light between each layer.

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Once the filling is complete, your dentist will check your bite to ensure that it is even and comfortable.


Common White Fillings Questions

How long do white fillings last?

White fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, but with proper care, they can last even longer.

Is it painful getting a filling?

Thanks to anaesthesia, most patients report only minimal discomfort during the procedure. However, it is important to note that some people may experience sensitivity in the affected tooth for a few days after the filling.

What should I not do after getting a filling?

You should avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods for at least 24 hours after getting a filling. You may also want to avoid hot or cold foods and drinks for a few days afterwards, as your tooth may be sensitive to temperature changes.

How do I know if I need a filling?

Some common signs that indicate the need for fillings include tooth sensitivity, pain while eating or drinking, visible holes or pits in the teeth, or dark spots on the teeth. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to visit a dentist for an evaluation. During the exam, the dentist will examine your teeth and take X-rays to determine the extent of the decay. If the decay has reached the inner layers of the teeth, a filling may be necessary to prevent further damage and restore the tooth’s functionality. Regular dental checkups can help detect cavities early and prevent the need for extensive treatment.

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