White Tooth Filling
Fillings are a simple solution to repair cavities and restore your smile.
Almost one in three (31%) of adults have tooth decay, making tooth decay one of the UK’s most common oral health issues. When not addressed, tooth decay can lead to severe health issues, including infection, toothache, bad breath, and teeth fractures. Alongside changes in your lifestyle, fillings represent a simple, accessible, and discreet solution to repair a decaying tooth.
Dental fillings are a straightforward solution for cavities or damaged teeth. Tooth decay derives from several lifestyle factors, including diet and oral health standards. Usually, they are caused by the acid produced when bacteria break down particles of food left in the mouth. This acid damages the teeth enamel, causing holes that, if left untreated, will continue to expand and further damage the tooth.
Today, tooth decay and damage is common in adults and children alike. You might need a white composite filling if you:
- Have been dealing with a toothache
- Experience sensitivity to hot or cold
- Feel pain when biting food
- Have noticed a cavity
A filling can be a solution to:
- Tooth decay and cavities
- Acid erosion caused by certain food, drinks, and medical conditions (acid reflux or hiatus hernia)
- Abrasion caused by aggressive brushing or teeth clenching
- Chipping and tooth damage
There are several kinds of dental fillings you can discuss with your dentist. The most common ones are:
- Amalgam filling – this silver tooth filling is the most traditional type and is created by combining several metals such as tin, copper, and silver. This filing is usually fitted on your back teeth, can last up to 40 years, and is suitable for severe tooth decay.
- Composite filling – white composite filling, or just white tooth filling, can match the colour of your teeth, look natural, and they are suitable for cavities that are affecting your front teeth.
Your dentist will recommend amalgam to a white dental filling, depending on the decay severity. During the fitting procedure, your dentist might supply a mild sedative or anaesthetic, remove the damaged parts of the tooth, and prepare the tooth for the filling.
Consult your dentist at the Dental Health Centre to discover the best white tooth filling solutions for your needs and repair your smile today.
Frequently Asked Questions
The dentist will give you an anaesthetic prior to the procedure so that the treatment isn’t painful. You will feel the tooth preparation in your mouth but it won’t hurt. Your teeth might feel more sensitive following treatment and this heightened sensitivity can last for up to 2 weeks.
You simply need to maintain good dental hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and attending regular dental and hygienist checkups.
Some fillings do need to be replaced over time. If your tooth becomes sensitive or you have toothache, cracks or jagged edges, there’s a chance your filling has cracked and needs to be repaired.