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Composite Fillings

Most people have fillings of one sort or another but today, because we are much more conscious of our smile, we can choose a natural looking alternative – the composite or tooth coloured filling.

At Claydon Dental we use tooth coloured fillings because they are the best option cosmetically. Tooth coloured fillings, also known as white fillings, can be blended to match the natural shade of your teeth, and the composite resin used to make them can be used to elegantly restore cracked or chipped teeth.

Composite fillings actually impart strength to the teeth because they bond directly to the enamel and dentine, unlike amalgams that fill the space and can exert enough pressure to break the surrounding teeth over time.

Tooth Coloured Fillings

A composite resin is a tooth coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) first introduced in the 1960s. Originally only used for front teeth because of their softer nature, modern improvements to their composition make them generically suitable today.

Composite fillings are more difficult to place than silver fillings so may take your dentist 15-20 minutes longer to complete and because they are considered to be a cosmetic treatment, they are not available on the NHS and must be paid for.

The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal. The main disadvantage is their life expectancy. White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings but there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of your composite filling can depend on where it sits in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. We will discuss how these factors affect your case and review all your options before you have to make a decision.

Can I Replace My Amagam Fillings?

If you wanted to know whether it’s a good idea to replace your amalgam fillings with tooth coloured fillings, it is usually best to change fillings only when your dentist judges that an old filling needs replacing. If so, we would be happy to replace it with a tooth coloured filling.

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