A considerable option to improve the cosmetic look of your smile and make it more bright and attractive is to get your conventional silver amalgam (metal coloured) fillings replaced by the tooth-coloured or ‘white fillings.’
You may wonder what are white fillings?
White fillings are also popularly known as composite fillings.
These fillings will allow you to smile without a metallic glint in sight, giving your teeth a more natural appearance overall and almost an invisible restoration.
These fillings use liquid mercury and a metal alloy mixture to fill the cavities or gaps caused by dental caries/tooth decay.
A typical amalgam filling is made up of mercury (50%), silver (~22–32%), tin (~14%), copper (~8%), and some other trace metals.
It is a silver-grey mass condensed in the cavities and allowed to harden.
These are now readily being replaced by white or tooth-coloured fillings, which give you a natural-looking makeover.
The white fillings for teeth are composed of 3 major components-
These are made of either Quartz, silica, or glasses.
Such a chemical configuration makes these fillings tough and enables them to withstand the forces in your mouth when you chew or bite for a long duration.
A white cavity filling is a safe procedure that entails one of our dentists removing any decay from your tooth, taking out the metal or amalgam filling, and placing a tooth coloured filling instead.
A dental filling is a common and relatively straightforward procedure and requires one hour on average.
Composites fillings set in approximately 1-2 mm thick layers.
The time taken for each layer to set is about 2-20 seconds.
So, the total time for a filling to set will depend on the depth of your cavity.
The answer to this question is variable for different individuals.
Our dentist decides what best suits the patient.
Some dentists prefer not to use white fillings in molars and premolars as they are prone to wear very soon.
The secondary opinion is of the patient himself. If a patient demands the replacement with natural-looking filling, then it may be the preferred option.
It can vary to a great extent depending on the variety of filling used. The size of the cavity it fills also determines the expenses.
In general, white fillings are somewhat more costly as compared to the silver amalgam fillings.
If proper care and precautions are taken, a white filling on front teeth can last for a lifetime, but on molars and premolars, they last for an average of 10-15 years.
If you are looking for white fillings in High Wycombe, then your perfect one-stop destination is Conway House. It’s high time for removing silver fillings and replacing them with white and giving your smile a brighter and more brilliant look.
As dentists, we firmly believe that prevention is always better than cure and will motivate, encourage and help you to take adequate care of your teeth, so you don’t develop tooth decay in the first place. If you do have decay and need to get it filled, then we recommend white fillings as the right solution that is both aesthetic and functional.
Patient care is our utmost priority, and we at Conway House Dental Practice will provide you with world-class quality care and services to give you healthy and strong teeth.