Speak to our dentists at On Point Dental about white porcelain and composite resin fillings to restore your natural smile.
Who needs white fillings?
We recommend dental fillings to repair teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay, injury or disease while also protecting your teeth and gums from further damage.
You might need white fillings if:
- Your teeth are worn or damaged
- You have cavities from tooth decay
- You are replacing amalgam fillings
- You are having other dental work such as a root canal.
What are the benefits of white fillings?
White dental fillings are made from porcelain or composite resin that looks like real teeth, helping you to maintain your natural smile.
As well as looking more natural, white fillings are also a safer option than amalgam fillings as these contain mercury. If you have old amalgam fillings that you want to remove, we can replace them with porcelain or resin.
Porcelain fillings are more durable than composite fillings and are best suited to larger cavities. Because they are custom-made to fit your tooth, they need to be prepared in advance of your treatment.
Composite resin fillings are more affordable than porcelain and can be used for smaller cavities and to fix chips in the teeth. These fillings are layered in the mouth and do not need to be made in advance.
What is the white fillings procedure?
During your consultation, our dentists will perform a thorough oral examination to determine how many fillings are needed and whether porcelain or composite resin fillings would be the best option. If you prefer porcelain fillings, we will take an impression of the cavity so that your white filling can be produced.
We use local anaesthesia to numb pain in the tooth and gum before expanding the cavity using a dental drill. The white filling is placed or built up inside the empty space and bonded to your tooth using ultraviolet light, which causes it to harden. The surface of the filling is sculpted and polished to resemble a natural tooth.
The white fillings procedure usually takes around 30 minutes for a single tooth, but it may take longer or require a second visit if you are having several fillings.