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Dental Fillings

Natural Looking Composite | Restore Tooth Structure  |  Prevent Tooth Decay | Relieve Dental Pain

Keep Decayed Teeth Out of the Dark with Composite Fillings

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We Use Composite Fillings - No Amalgam Here

Composite fillings are preferred over amalgam fillings for several reasons.

Firstly, composite fillings are tooth-coloured, providing a more natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. This makes them an excellent choice for filling cavities in visible front teeth.

Additionally, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure, requiring less removal of healthy tooth material compared to amalgam fillings. This conservative approach helps preserve more of the natural tooth structure.

Composite fillings are also less prone to temperature sensitivity, which can be a concern with amalgam fillings.

Furthermore, composite materials are free of mercury, addressing any potential health and environmental concerns associated with amalgam fillings.

With their ability to blend seamlessly with the natural tooth colour, minimal invasiveness, and mercury-free composition, composite fillings offer a reliable and attractive option for dental restorations.

Whiter More Natural Looking Fillings

Before and After Amalgam Filling Replaced with White Filling Bromley London
Amalgam Filling Replaced with White Filling Bromley London

What’s Involved in a Composite Fillings Procedure?

  1. Shade matching ensures seamless blending of the filling with your tooth.
  2. Local anesthesia numbs the area, ensuring a pain-free procedure.
  3. Isolation with a rubber dam keeps the tooth dry and free from contamination.
  4. Decay is removed using a dental drill to prepare the tooth for filling.
  5. Tooth is cleaned and shaped, ensuring proper support for the filling material.
  6. Composite filling is layered, cured with light, and repeated until the cavity is filled.
  7. Contouring is carried out to shape the tooth to blend with natural teeth.
  8. Polishing the tooth to give a healthy shine.
  9. Bite is checked for comfort and natural feel.

Dental Fillings FAQ

Why don't we use amalmgam fillings and are they safe?

Amalgam fillings, containing a mixture of metals including mercury, were used for many years and were once a common choice for dental fillings. Whilst amalgam fillings are considered safe, their use has decreased due to composite fillings providing a more natural appearance.

How long does it take to get a dental filling?

The time required to get a dental filling depends on the size and location of the cavity. In most cases, the procedure can be completed in a single dental visit, typically taking from 30 mins to 1hr. More extensive or complex fillings may require multiple visits or longer treatment times and may also benefit from a dental inlay or onlay.

Can amalgam fillings be replaced with a composite fillings?

Yes, our dentists can replace amalgam fillings with white composite fillings. We would simply remove the old amalgam filling and replace it with a tooth-coloured composite filling that matches the natural shade of your teeth.

Are white composite fillings as strong as amalgam fillings?

Whilst white composite fillings are not as strong as amalgam fillings, they are still highly durable and suitable for most cavities. The strength of the filling material is typically more than sufficient to withstand the forces of normal biting and chewing. However, in cases where the tooth experiences excessive biting pressure or requires a large filling, alternative materials such as porcelain or gold may be recommended for their added strength.

Can I get a white composite filling for a visible front tooth?

Yes, white composite fillings are an excellent option for visible front teeth. The composite material can be precisely matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

Can I eat and drink normally after getting a dental filling?

After receiving a dental filling, it’s generally safe to resume your normal eating and drinking habits once the anaesthesia wears off. However, it’s advisable to avoid consuming extremely hot or cold foods/drinks immediately after the procedure, as your teeth may be temporarily sensitive.

Dental Fillings FAQ

Why don't we use amalmgam fillings and are they safe?

Amalgam fillings, containing a mixture of metals including mercury, were used for many years and were once a common choice for dental fillings. Whilst amalgam fillings are considered safe, their use has decreased due to composite fillings providing a more natural appearance.

How long does it take to get a dental filling?

The time required to get a dental filling depends on the size and location of the cavity. In most cases, the procedure can be completed in a single dental visit, typically taking from 30 mins to 1hr. More extensive or complex fillings may require multiple visits or longer treatment times and may also benefit from a dental inlay or onlay.

Can amalgam fillings be replaced with a composite fillings?

Yes, our dentists can replace amalgam fillings with white composite fillings. We would simply remove the old amalgam filling and replace it with a tooth-coloured composite filling that matches the natural shade of your teeth.

Are white composite fillings as strong as amalgam fillings?

Whilst white composite fillings are not as strong as amalgam fillings, they are still highly durable and suitable for most cavities. The strength of the filling material is typically more than sufficient to withstand the forces of normal biting and chewing. However, in cases where the tooth experiences excessive biting pressure or requires a large filling, alternative materials such as porcelain or gold may be recommended for their added strength.

Can I get a white composite filling for a visible front tooth?

Yes, white composite fillings are an excellent option for visible front teeth. The composite material can be precisely matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

Can I eat and drink normally after getting a dental filling?

After receiving a dental filling, it’s generally safe to resume your normal eating and drinking habits once the anaesthesia wears off. However, it’s advisable to avoid consuming extremely hot or cold foods/drinks immediately after the procedure, as your teeth may be temporarily sensitive.

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