What is a White Filling?

Amalgam or silver fillings, have long been the filling material of choice for dentists and while there is no denying that this is a functional, hard wearing and long lasting material the cosmetic aspects are far from ideal.

Amalgam fillings may either show directly or cause your teeth to have an unsightly dark, grey, ‘shadowed’ appearance.

White fillings are an excellent solution, using a combination of shades and layers we can mimic the morphology of the natural tooth in order to achieve a more cosmetic and aesthetic result.

Advantages of White Fillings

Aesthetics

The shade/color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Composites are particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.

Bonding to tooth structure

Composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support.

Versatility

In addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.

Tooth-sparing preparation

Sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.

If you would like to consider a white/tooth-coloured filling, speak with your dentist and they can advise.