Natural-looking repairs for damaged teeth

Our composite fillings are made from tooth-coloured resin, offering a natural-looking alternative to those made from more obvious amalgam.

Also known as white fillings, they provide a durable, unnoticeable repair that protects teeth against further damage and decay. White fillings can be used at the front of the mouth to improve appearance, make a tooth look bigger or close spaces between your teeth.

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What does having a composite filling involve?

Initially, you are given a local anaesthetic so we can painlessly remove the decayed or damaged areas of your tooth.

We clean and dry the prepared tooth and etch with a surface agent to help the filling stick and create an effective repair. We apply a dental bonding agent and place the composite resin in the cavity.

A special light is used to harden the filling material, which is then trimmed and polished to blend in with your surrounding teeth and to ensure it feels comfortable and natural when you bite your teeth together.

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Living with composite fillings

To avoid further decay and the possibility of more fillings, try to develop a good oral hygiene routine and watch what you eat!

As composite fillings are designed to blend in with your natural teeth, they can be subject to staining over time. However, if this happens, we can polish them to look just like new again.

Frequently asked questions
1 Are white fillings better than silver amalgam fillings?

Many people opt for a white filling over the more traditional silver amalgam for aesthetic reasons, as the silver stands out a lot more in the mouth. A white dental filling has many of the same strong and durable qualities as amalgam, and contains no metal.

2 Can white teeth fillings be seen in the mouth?

White fillings blend beautifully into your natural teeth, and can’t be seen when you talk, laugh or smile. We ensure the composite material is colour matched to the shade of your natural teeth to give the most aesthetic repair possible.

3 Should I have my silver fillings changed to white composite?

If you have silver amalgam fillings and would like a more aesthetic alternative, we can change them for white composite. We remove the entire silver filling, clean your tooth and apply the composite to the tooth cavity for a natural looking repair.

4 Can my white filling be repaired if it gets damaged?

Yes, a composite dental filling can be easily repaired if it becomes damaged. As the composite is applied in layers and is able to bond to itself, we can add more material to cover the damage to your filling. In some cases, we may opt to remove the whole filling and replace it, but this still can be achieved in a single appointment.

5 How do I look after my white composite dental filling?

The best way to look after your white filling is to simply treat it as part of your natural tooth. Brush and floss twice a day to prevent decay forming, and visit your dentist for regular check up appointments.

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