Have you noticed a brown patch on your tooth? Can you feel a hole when you run your tongue over your tooth? Have you had toothache recently? If so, you may have a cavity. Cavities are a sign of decay and the best course of action is usually a filling. We offer white fillings to strengthen and protect your teeth without taking away from the natural beauty of the tooth.
What are white fillings?
White fillings are restorations, which are so-called because they match the colour of the tooth. These fillings are made from dental composite, a strong, versatile material, which is designed to match the shade of your tooth for a seamless aesthetic. Composite fillings are a safe, effective, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly alternative to mercury amalgam fillings.
The filling procedure
Having a filling is nothing to panic about; the procedure is painless because we use mild anaesthetic to numb the tooth before it is filled. Once the effects of the anaesthetic have become apparent, your dentist will start to prepare the tooth by cleaning out the cavity and removing the decayed tissue and etching the cavity to make room for the filling. Bonding agent is then applied to the tooth surface to enable the composite to stick. When the tooth is ready, your dentist will place the composite in the cavity and shape it using delicate dental instruments. Once the composite has filled the cavity and your dentist is happy with the fit of the filing, the composite will be set using a curing light. The process of setting the composite is very quick and it doesn’t hurt at all; all you have to do is pop on a pair of protective goggles and sit back and relax. After the filling has hardened, your dentist will trim it to ensure it looks perfect.