Composite white Fillings are made from natural tooth coloured resins that are more aesthetically pleasing because it can be matched to the same colour as natural teeth. Dental filling treatment is necessary if you have a tooth decay.
If you have a hole (decay) in the tooth
If you have chipped or broken a piece of tooth or an old filling
To change the appearance of a tooth (shape/colour) for cosmetic reasons.
Dental decay happens when the enamel and dentine of a tooth become softened by acid attack after you have eaten or drunk anything containing sugars. Over time, the acid makes a cavity (hole) in the tooth. ‘Dental decay’ is the same as tooth decay and is also known as ‘dental caries’.
Composite white fillings are very popular for restoration and treating decay. Filling blends seamlessly into your smile, making the dental work almost invisible. Fillings are made of a strong material and will last many years.
With composite fillings cavities are smaller than a comparative amalgam filling. This means that the dentist will remove less tooth structure – less drilling, when placing a white filling. Once bonded, the composite filling does not change shape over time and will wear at a similar rate to your own tooth.
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While many factors affect the longevity of fillings, all fillings will last longer if you take care of your oral hygiene with regular dental checkups and hygienist appointments.
The many factors for white filling longevity can include:
• Existing Dental Damage Or Issues
• Size of the Filling
• Filling Location (On The Tooth Surface or in the mouth)
• Clenching & Grinding
• Oral Hygiene & Whitening
Your Dentist will have used anesthetic to numb the area. Please do not chew on the numb side and take care of your tongue and lip.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity after the treatment. It will cease within few days to a couple of weeks.