Composite fillings, otherwise known as white fillings, are used to restore teeth that have decayed. White fillings are also used for cosmetic purposes, changing the colour of the teeth to a more desirable shade.
Composite fillings, otherwise known as white fillings, are used to restore teeth that have decayed. They are made from a plastic and glass mixture that is the natural colour of teeth. White fillings are also used for cosmetic purposes, changing the colour of the teeth to a more desirable shade, or repairing teeth that are disfigured or unsightly.
The dentist will apply the composite filling to the teeth in layers, applying a specialised light to the teeth in between layers to harden the substance. Once done, the composite will be shaped to fit the teeth exactly, finishing it off with a polishing process to prevent it from getting stained and damaged early on.
White or composite fillings are often considered to be less hard-wearing and long lasting than traditional silver fillings. However, new materials are now used to make the composite that has similar qualities to silver amalgam, making this a popular treatment. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how long you can expect your filing to last for, and this will depend on various external factors such as the position of it in your mouth and how heavy you bite.
Composite fillings are favoured for their aesthetic qualities, and dentist are able to create the material in shades that match the tooth exactly. These fillings are bonded to the teeth, supporting the existing structure of the tooth, insulating the teeth against excessive changes in temperature.
The cost of white fillings can vary depending on the dental surgery you choose and the size and type of filling needed.