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Why You Should Have White Fillings Instead of Amalgam Ones

There are many reasons for having a dental filling, whether it be tooth decay or even oral damage. However, the aesthetic drawbacks of metal fillings are unappealing for many people, as visible metal fillings on your teeth may cause a severe loss of confidence.

However, 24-Hour Emergency Dentist now offer ‘white fillings’, also known as composite fillings or bonding, for patients in the City of London. Available for teeth at the front and back of the mouth, this type of filling is made from composite quartz resin and a light-sensitive agent. These fillings can be shaded to match the colour of the surrounding teeth, meaning that the traditional problem of aesthetically unappealing metal fillings is avoided.

Other advantages of white fillings

In addition to being almost ‘invisible’, white fillings are incredibly strong and can easily withstand the pressure exerted by chewing. In fact, it is possible to eat practically immediately after having fillings fitted! After the tooth is cleaned and conditioned, a small amount of resin is added, which bonds to the teeth. After the composite is fitted, it is hardened by exposure to a special light. Given the type of light used at 24 Hour Emergency Dentist, this hardening procedure takes just six seconds. All this requires only one visit, meaning that the fitting of a white filling is a relatively quick procedure too.

Composite or Porcelain inlay

A slightly different procedure, using composite or porcelain inlays, is sometimes used with larger cavities, due to their great strength, and on the teeth at the back of the mouth. Given that they are made in a laboratory and then fitted, this procedure requires two visits, but their strength and longevity means it is worth the extra time.

White Fillings Work Wonders!

Our white fillings promise to banish decay and strengthen teeth while preserving the natural beauty of your smile. We are proud to be a mercury-free practice, so if you’re sick of showing metal fillings when you smile or laugh or you have signs of dental decay, we can replace your old metal fillings and fit new white fillings.

What are white fillings?

White fillings are made from a combination of resins and dental composite, matching the shade of your tooth. There are lots of different shades of composite available and your dentist will select the match closest to your tooth. White fillings not only blend in with the natural shade of the tooth for ultimate discretion, they also provide a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to mercury amalgam fillings.

Why would I need a filling?

Fillings are generally used to treat decayed teeth when a cavity has formed. Filling the tooth makes it stronger and helps to protect it from injury and damage. The procedure to fill a tooth also helps to reduce the spread of bacteria through the tooth, which reduces the risk of severe infection.

 What happens during the filling procedure?

Having a filling is nothing to worry about. The procedure is usually complete within an hour and it is carried out under local anaesthetic so that you don’t feel any pain. Before the composite is placed inside the tooth, the cavity is cleaned completely and any traces of decayed tissue are removed. Bonding material is then placed inside the cavity and the composite is moulded to fit the hole. It is then set using a curing light and trimmed to make sure of a perfect fit.

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