A filling is a restorative material which a dentist uses to return function to a decayed or otherwise broken tooth. These fillings come in all different types and colours, from flashy gold fillings, to the more traditionally used amalgam fillings (containing silver, zinc, mercury, copper). Despite having a long life advantage (up to 7 years), these have the great disadvantage of being noticeable. This is where composite fillings have their advantages.
What are composite fillings?
A composite filling isn’t made up from an amalgam of metals and is rather made up from a mixture of both plastic and glass. They are known as ‘white fillings’ because they are tooth-coloured and blend into your smile perfectly in stark contrast to the fillings that mentioned earlier. Though white fillings have a somewhat limited life span in comparison to their more noticeable cousins, lasting up to about five years, and are a certainly more costly, they do have their advantages.
The advantages of white fillings
The main advantage to having white fillings is their chameleon like ability to camouflage themselves in with the rest of the tooth and remain very much unnoticeable. This is because the dentist can blend shades until the composite resin is nearly identical.
With white fillings only a fraction of the healthy tooth has to be removed before applying the composite, whereas in applying other fillings, a large chunk of healthy tooth often has to be removed for the filling to fit. Also the bonding can be done so effectively that your teeth are often stronger than they ever were before. You can also use the tooth immediately after the composite has been set, allowing your teeth to function as soon as the procedure has been completed. Contact our team at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in London for more information on white fillings.