Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A – White fillings are indirect dental composites made from acrylic resin that comes in different tooth shades of whiteness and is artistically moulded as dental fillings for cavities in teeth. Direct dental composite may be used to restore small gaps in teeth. White fillings can also be used in reshaping teeth and in smile makeovers to enhance facial beauty.
A – Anyone who has dental cavities, wants to replace amalgam fillings, has small gaps in teeth, or misshaped teeth may be a suitable candidate for white fillings. Our resident dentist can examine your teeth to assess your dental condition and need for white fillings. If you have concerns, you can also bring your questions along for answers to increase understanding and to give contentment.
A – There are different types of white fillings depending on the quantities of dental materials used, such as acrylic resin or setting ingredients, and also the purpose for the white filling. White fillings are sometimes used with composite bonding to repair teeth or for fitting composite or porcelain veneers.
A – An examination of your dental condition by our resident dentist will reveal if you need a white filling to fill a cavity, restore a tooth or fill a small tooth gap. If you have symptoms such as tooth sensitivity when chewing food, or drinking hot or cold fluids, this may be a sign of cavity in your tooth that may require a filling.
A – Depending on the amount of treatment required, a local anaesthetic may be provided to numb the tooth region for pain-free treatment, such as removing amalgam fillings first. Our resident dentist can discuss sedation options for greater relaxation with you prior to white filling treatment to give you peace of mind about procedures.
CEREC technology may be used to map your tooth structure, to produce models of your teeth, and to fabricate fillings within an hour. Tooth preparation occurs before filling treatment so that the teeth are clean and the mouth fully disinfected prior to procedure. The cavity space in your tooth is inspected for any signs of decay first and any prior fillings are removed.
Your tooth colour will be assessed so that the right shade and texture of filling is selected to match your natural teeth. An acidic gel and etching is used to prepare the tooth too for bonding of the white filling to the natural tooth. A laser-like light may be used for faster setting of the dental composite white filling.
The filling is moulded to fit your tooth shape and then polished to suit the natural glow and shade of your teeth. Our resident dentist will go through treatment procedure with you prior to treatment for your understanding and confidence.
A – A qualified and experienced dentist should provide treatment of white fillings. Usually cosmetic dentists are trained and have a level of artistic skill conducive to successful matching of tooth shade, texture and mould for white fillings. Seeing a cosmetic dentist with the appropriate training is advised. Our resident dentist is happy to provide you with information on white filling treatments and will answer your questions for you.
A – The expertise of a dentist in applying and fitting the white filling is paramount to the success of the treatment. All dental treatments, including tooth fillings, are administered pain-free with the option of local anaesthetic and sedatives for greater relaxation while maintaining consciousness throughout the procedure.
White fillings are not as strong as porcelain and have a lower lifespan than amalgam fillings, however they are consider safer than the old mercury fillings. Large dental cavities may need alternate treatments. Our resident dentist can discuss the pros and cons of white fillings with you so that you make an informed treatment choice.
A – The benefits of natural tooth-like dental composite is its variable use in treatment of cavities and invisible tooth restoration, in serving as a safe replacement for metal or mercury amalgam fillings, in its high bond strength to existing tooth enamel and dentine, in its capability to expand with teeth reducing stress on teeth, and in its shade and texture to enhance natural facial beauty through healthy looking teeth. Other benefits extend to overall healthy wellbeing from receiving dental treatment to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
A – The lifespan of white fillings depends on the patient's oral and overall health, post-filling oral care, and lifestyle habits such as excessive smoking and eating of sugary foods. Their durability is less than that of metal amalgam fillings, but they provide a more natural look to teeth in shade and texture that improves appearance.
A – White fillings are designed to fit your natural teeth and are cared for in much the same way as your own set of teeth. Applying the usual advised oral health guidelines, such as brushing with fluoride toothpaste according to recommended technique with mouthwash for rinsing is important.
Being conscious of diet and intake of sugary foods, and avoiding habits such as excessive smoking that can cause tooth staining and gum irritation is a way to avoid treatment. Our resident dentist will advise you on how best to care for your natural teeth that include those restored with white fillings.
A – The cost of white fillings depends on your unique treatment plan, and the pricing structure of the particular dental practice. Our resident dentist will explain treatments, costs and payment plans at your appointment, so that you know what to expect for affordable dental care.
A – Alternatives are amalgam fillings, veneers on front teeth, crowns or inlays. Our resident dentist can discuss these options with you too in designing a suitable treatment plan for you.