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White Fillings Overview

Fillings help restore teeth, which were damaged by decay, back to their normal function. White fillings are made of a composite material. They are often referred to as ‘composite fillings’ because of this material.

The procedure is simple and consists of just one appointment. Your dentist will first choose the shade of the composite that best matches your tooth colour. After removing the decay, they will use a special curing light to harden each layer of filling material. The filling will be shaped to fit your tooth and polished so that it remains smooth and resistant to staining. One of the advantages of white fillings is that, with a good colour match, it is almost impossible to see that the tooth has been restored. And because these fillings bond directly to the enamel, they’re strong and resist wear, usually lasting more than five years. With current advances in composite materials, many are holding up even longer!

Additional Information

I don't need to get my fillings done immediately?

You are under no obligation to get your fillings done immediately. However, leaving a filling for a longer period of time will result in further decay. A small filling could turn into a large filling, a root canal treatment or even an extraction, making the cost of treatment more expensive also. It is strongly advised that you start the treatment plan set by the dentist as soon as possible.

What to expect during a Filling

Local anaesthesia — this will be given at the beginning of your appointment to numb the area around the tooth

Tooth decay removal — the dentist will cut through the enamel using a drill to remove any decay. After the dentist removes the decay, he will shape the space to ready it for the filling.

Etching — for a bonded filling, your dentist will etch the tooth with an acid gel before placing the filling.

Resin application – for certain types of fillings, the dentist will layer on the resin and harden it using a bright light. This will make it stronger.

Polishing– after the filling has been placed, your dentist will polish the tooth.

Is a filling painful?

No. You are given local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around the tooth before any work is done. The dentist will also apply a numbing gel to the site of the injection before administrating the anaesthetic. If you do feel pain please let the dentist know as you may need more anaesthetic.

Will i be sore after a filling?

It is normal that the tooth may be tender for a day or two after getting the filling. White fillings can take a longer period of time to settle. Should you be experiencing tenderness for a long period of time after getting a filling please call your dentist.

Can i get my sliver fillings replaced with white fillings?

Yes! Most dental practices now replace sliver fillings with white ones. Speak to your dentist on your next routine exam and they will advise a course of treatment for you.

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