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We are an amalgam free clinic , we no longer happy placing amalgam fillings in patients' mouths, or subjecting our nursing staff or ourselves to further potential toxicity. This is our own opinion, and may not necessarily reflect the opinions of the other dental practitioners in the area.
Composite resin fillings are the most common alternative to dental amalgam. They are sometimes called "tooth-colored" or "white" fillings because of their color. Composite resin fillings are made of a type of plastic (an acrylic resin) reinforced with powdered glass filler. The color (shade) of composite resins can be customized to closely match surrounding teeth. Composite resin fillings are often light cured by a "blue-light" in layers to build up the final restoration.
Advantages of composite resin fillings include:
• Available in colors that blend in with surrounding teeth
• High strength
• Allows for minimal removal of healthy tooth structure for placement
How long does the treatment take?
Composites fillings take longer than regular fillings to apply, but the procedure still typically takes less than an hour for each tooth. Prior to the application of the composite, the patient's tooth needs to be prepared with an etching solution.
Once the etching solution has dried off, the composite is then applied to the tooth. It is typically has a putty-like consistency at this point. The composite is molded as needed to fill up the cavity and then hardened with ultraviolet light. The tooth is finally polished to finish the procedure.
Does the treatment hurt?
The treatment is largely painless due to the anaesthetic that’s used. Afterwards the treated area can feel tender and bruised and your tooth can be sensitive. This sensitivity generally subsides over a couple of days. If you are at all worried, please contact us for advice.
How do I make fillings last?
White composite fillings can last for over many years if they are well looked after by both dentist and patient. The following are keys to filling longevity
1. Eating a healthy diet low in both refined and unrefined sugars - and not snacking
2. Keeping your mouth clean with regular brushing and flossing
3. Having regular dental exams and professional teeth cleaning to help remove plaque and calculus that you miss
Composite white fillings from £95
Up to 60 minutes (dependent on how many fillings are needed)
Follow up appointment may be needed for multiple fillings
Restored teeth can be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth with twice daily brushing and flossing.
Speak to use today if you would like more information and to book an appointment.