Fillings are one of the most common forms of dental treatment that people can require in their lifetime. Fillings are used to repair cavities in your tooth that have been caused by decay over time. The main cause of cavities is the consumption of food and drinks that are high in carbohydrates and sugars which lead to holes forming on the surface of your tooth. At Leamington Spa Dental Practice in Warwickshire fillings are a simple treatment that our dentists are able to undertake for you both under the NHS and privately, for cosmetic purposes.
What are the different types of fillings?
The two main types of fillings available are white fillings and amalgam fillings. White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are designed to be moulded to the exact shape of your tooth and are set into place with a UV blue light. The second type of fillings available are amalgam fillings. Dental amalgam consists of a mixture of metals including liquid mercury and a powdered alloy made of silver, tin and copper. Dental amalgam fillings are known as silver fillings because of their silver-like appearance. We offer white fillings Leamington Spa and we can replace your old amalgam fillings or composite fillings should you require.
What are the benefits of white fillings?
One of the benefits of getting your white fillings Leamington Spa is that we can ensure that they blend more closely with your natural tooth colour, so you will not be able to tell that any work has been done at all. Therefore they are more aesthetically pleasing. Technology allows us to be able to blend colours further to match your other natural teeth for a seamless finish. White fillings provide support to teeth that have been weakened by decay and also to any crooked teeth you may have. An additional benefit of white fillings is that they contain insulating properties which offer more protection from hot and cold foods. Nowadays due to advancements in technology, getting your white fillings Leamington Spa will mean that they are more durable and there is no fear of them cracking.
What are the drawbacks of white fillings?
There are very few disadvantages to having white fillings.The main drawback is that they are more expensive than amalgam fillings and this is due to the more skilled procedure that is required. Also white fillings are not as strong as amalgam fillings and are more likely to get stained and deteriorate quicker over time through the consumption of wine and other foods that can cause damage to teeth. In addition the decay or cavity is more likely to reoccur under the white filling and may need to be re-done over time.
Who is eligible for white fillings?
It is important that you get your filling treatment as soon as you need it, as an untreated tooth decay could lead to more problems that could require serious treatment in the future. When undertaking the procedure we will make you as comfortable as possible by giving you a local anaesthetic. The next time you require a white filling come and visit us at Leamington Spa Dental Practice in Warwickshire and we can talk to you about your specific dental needs.
Many patients may not be aware, but fillings are actually one of the most popular dental treatments around, and have been within the field of dentistry for many years since the 1500s! Fillings are a form of restorative dentistry, however we believe it is always best to focus on preventing cavities, before they occur.
Patients who may be eligible for white fillings in Leamington Spa
If you are experiencing dental pain, or can see obvious signs of decay within your mouth, then fillings may be recommended by our dental team. Despite common misconception, pain or sensitivity is not necessary to diagnose a cavity, which can still occur without obvious dental symptoms. In terms of the causes of cavities, patients who are consuming highly sugary food and drink may be more prone to developing damage, as well as individuals who do not brush to a high enough standard.
Did you know?
Most patients will receive at least one filling in their lifetime, despite employing a dental hygiene routine at home. Unfortunately cavities can still develop, this may be due to diet, or general damage to the teeth. Despite our constant promotion of preventive and educational dentistry, they are unfortunately sometimes inevitable, which is why we strive to make fillings as aesthetically pleasing, and as durable possible!
How do white fillings in Leamington Spa compare to traditional metal fillings?
White fillings differ greatly in their appearance, however both options strive to fill the cavity, therefore preventing any further unnecessary damage to the tooth. Traditional amalgam fillings have been criticised for their mercury content, a problem which does not occur with white fillings at our clinic. White fillings are fairly new in comparison to traditional fillings, and were originally criticised for being less effective, however with the use of new dental materials this is no longer the case.
How do white fillings in Leamington Spa work?
Many of our new patients may have heard of white fillings, however they may be unsure of the treatment process to expect.
Before the treatment starts, our dentists will speak to you in an initial consultation (a standard procedure within dentistry), to determine the best possible course of treatment. After we have agreed that white fillings are right for your dental case, we can commence treatment. Before the fillings are adhered, our dentists may have to file down the teeth, this ensures a perfect fit for our custom made fillings.
Does it hurt?
No! Many of our patients, especially those who experience anxiety within a dental environment, may worry about any discomfort or pain during treatment, however we always administer a local anaesthetic, to ensure our patients are comfortable, and happy.
Working with you
Many patients may be concerned about obvious dental work, especially those who believe that it could hinder their social or career prospects. If you are looking for a more discreet form of restorative dentistry, then look no further. Our fillings should be referred to as ‘tooth coloured’ as they are custom made for each individual, meaning the shape and shade is perfectly matched to the surrounding natural teeth.
We all know when we are treated to the sight of someone yawning what their dental history has been. When we see rows of dark metal fillings lining up along their jawbones, we can imagine a childhood filled with sweet treats and maybe a few tussles with the parents and the toothbrushing.
Our childhood fillings have been with us a long time, especially if we are children of the 70s, 80s or 90s. Sometimes it can seem like we can never forget that we should have done what our parents said, and now we have to pay the price every time we laugh or yawn. But we don’t.
Here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice in Leamington Spa, we can replace amalgam fillings with fillings made of tooth-coloured composite. This is a mixture of glass and plastic. It comes as a resin that we put into the cavity in layers, and then harden each layer with a UV light before doing the next.
What’s so great about white fillings?
OK, so white fillings look fantastic, but is there anything else to recommend them over amalgam? You bet there is.
Strength and durability
Over the few decades that white fillings have been available, dental researchers have been working to make them stronger. Fillings, especially ones at the sides and back of the mouth, take quite a lot of punishment with all that chewing and maybe even night-time tooth grinding, so they have to be resilient. They weren’t so long-lasting when they first became available, but now, it’s safe to say that white fillings are stronger and more durable than amalgam.
Get your chewing surfaces back
Run your tongue over your amalgam-filled back teeth and you will feel the tooth round the sides of a flat centre of amalgam. That’s because amalgam is a soft mixture that gets packed into the tooth cavity. We can pack the cavity tightly but we can’t recreate the lost parts of your tooth. We can with composite resin though. Once it has set hard, we can use tools to sculpt it to recreate the mounds and valleys of your lost chewing surfaces.
Why not come in and get your amalgam fillings replaced with white fillings?
White fillings are widely used in cosmetic dentistry to restore the form and function of decayed, chipped or cracked teeth. They are made of composite materials which offer strength and function at the same time.
At Leamington Spa Dental Practice, white fillings are our method of choice when it comes to tooth decay restoration. Unlike metal fillings that simply fill in the decay, white fillings frame the affected tooth and enable it to withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
What should I expect?
Shortly before the treatment begins, your dentist will numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area in your mouth with a local anaesthetic. This way, you will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the anaesthesia has settled in, the dentist will use a dental drill to remove all of the damaged and decayed parts of the tooth. They will then clean the tooth thoroughly.
After removing the decayed tooth portions, the white filling will be placed in layers to fill out the holes. Each layer will be hardened will a special light, to make sure that the material sets properly.
Who can have white fillings?
If you want to restore a decayed or damaged tooth and you do not want to use metal fillings, white fillings can provide you with an effective dental restoration, which looks and feels very natural. You will not have to worry about dark-coloured spots in your mouth, as the composite blends in with the rest of your teeth for a natural appearance.
Benefits of white fillings
Overall, white fillings are more natural-looking compared to metal fillings and can be colour-adjusted to fit the shade of your natural teeth. Moreover, white fillings require less preparation than metal fillings and less of the healthy tooth enamel will be removed during this process. Last but not least, white fillings are not as sensitive to extreme temperatures and do not shrink or expand because of temperature changes.
If you want to learn more about white fillings and their benefits, please contact us today and we will book a consultation appointment for you.
Your teeth are a vital part of your life. They allow you to choose from the incredible range of foods in the world. They are instrumental in speaking clearly. They also form a central part of your look – your smile. With all that in mind, it’s worth looking after them so that they can continue to serve you for years to come.
All that being said, the world takes its toll on our bodies. Even if you have a good dental hygiene routine, it’s possible that one or two holes have started to appear in your teeth. Dental decay can be exacerbated by certain foods and drinks, lifestyle choices and problems with the alignment of your teeth. When you visit us at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we will do an examination of your mouth to check whether your teeth need any attention.
Fillings in Leamington Spa – the basics
If you visit your dentist regularly, they can check for signs of cavities. Caught early enough, they may be able to be repaired without fillings.
If you do need a filling, the more you know about the process, the better prepared you will be. Fillings are one of the most basic dental treatments. They have been around for a long time.
In order to fit a filling, your dentist will drill away the area where you have decay. A filler material is then added to the appropriate spot to plug the hole and protect the tooth. This substance hardens quickly and becomes durable enough to withstand the rigours of everyday use.
You will have a choice when it comes to the filler material that is used for any fillings you need. Traditionally, a silver-coloured material, composed of mercury and other metals, are used. These are still common today and usually available on the NHS. They are called amalgam fillings. They are hard wearing but visible in the mouth. Some patients do not like these fillings being obvious when you open your mouth.
White fillings are also available. They are designed to blend in with your teeth and so they are actually more tooth-coloured. It used to be that white fillings were not quite as durable as amalgam fillings but there are materials available now that give comparable longevity. Many patients now choose white fillings as a more aesthetically pleasing solution.