White Fillings

What are white fillings?

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With white fillings, you can have your smile back.

We often see patients who are reluctant to have a fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain. as they are worried about how it will look when it is done. Fillings are important for the health of your teeth and shouldn’t be put off. However, it’s normal to feel like they will be obvious if they aren’t the same colour as your teeth. 

Now, with the availability of white fillings, fillings blend more closely in with your natural tooth colour, so in many cases it’s hard to tell that your teeth have had any work done at all. There is no discolouration and the filling isare here to stay. 

What is a white filling?

White or ‘compositeSingle surface composite filling (white or tooth colored) performed on a tooth in the front of the mouth.’ fillings are moulded to the exact shape of your tooth and set using a UV blue light. The filling is lifelike and, when properly cared for, long lasting, which makes them a top choice amongst our patients.

Having a filling treatment is important, as untreated tooth decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure. can get worse over time and lead to bigger problems that might require a more serious treatment such as a root canalThe portion of the pulp cavity inside the root of a tooth; the chamber within the root of the tooth that contains the pulp.

Having the option to choose a white filling takes away any worry that your teeth won’t look their best again. You know that you are doing the best for your oral health by having your filling done, and you’ll be showing off your smile again in no time. Not to mention the elimination of any pain and irritation, while preventing the potential for future tooth decay!

So, if you’re considering a white filling or would like to know more, simply book an appointment at Colosseum now and we’ll fill you in! (Pun intended!)

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My partner has been so scared of going to the dentist and finally plucked up the courage to go.. when we rang reception to book in him they suggested he see the lady dentist downstairs. He was so happy with his treatment, she has been patient, gentle and kind to us. All of the staff were very friendly and they got him in at short notice. Thank you so much.
Julie West - Broxtowe Lane Dental Clinic

Frequently asked questions

Can you have white fillings on the NHS?
The NHS covers the cost of any necessary dental work. In anterior (front) teeth white fillings will usually be used. However, when it comes to posterior (back) teeth, amalgam (a silver filling) is the usually the first choice. If you would prefer to have a white filling, please talk to your dentist about any additional costs.
How much is a white filling?
If you have a tooth that needs filling, amalgam fillings are a good option and will repair your tooth. White fillings give a more cosmetic finish, as they are the same colour as your teeth, and there is sometimes an extra cost involved for this option. This price can vary across regions, so it’s best to check with your local dental Practice to find out their current charges.
How long do white fillings last?
White fillings, with the proper care, should last as long as silver ones. With daily brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist, you can keep your filling in a good condition.
Can you eat after getting a white filling?
You can eat after getting a filling. However, we recommend that you wait 24 hours after having your filling to eat any staining foods – like curry – and refrain from smoking to ensure that you get the best finish on your filling. 
Are white fillings safe?
White fillings are entirely safe, and we ensure that you are comfortable while you are being treated. If you have any concerns about the filling, please mention them to your dentist who will be happy to discuss them with you before you are treated.
What are white fillings made of?
Composite (white) fillings are made of a mixture of resin and glass particles. Your dentist will be able to explain to you about the different types of materials that are used and how they are bonded together with light.
Can I have my silver fillings replaced with white fillings?
Most patients prefer to wait until their amalgam (silver) filling needs replacing rather than having them removed. Depending on the size of silver filling in place, your dentist may advise you that you should wait until they need to be replaced as to avoid unnecessary treatment.
What are the advantages of white fillings?
There several good reasons for choosing a white filling, including:
•    White fillings can be matched as closely as possible to the same colour as the surrounding teeth so that the filling is less obvious and more aesthetically pleasing.
•    Silver, or amalgam, fillings can sometimes conceal additional tooth decay from x-rays, whereas a white filling won’t
•    Teeth filled with white fillings are usually less likely to crack as they don’t require as much drilling as a silver filling (which in turn, can weaken the tooth)
•    Some patients find white fillings to be less sensitive and more comfortable than silver fillings
How long does it take to get a white filling?
White fillings are relatively easy and quick for dentists to fill. Your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb part of the mouth they are placing the filling. Once this area of your mouth is number, they will use a dental drill to remove the decay from the tooth and prepare it for a filling.The white filling is then applied in stages to the area and shaped to be comfortable to your mouth. A bright and strong light is then used to set and harden the filling. 
Once your new filling has hardened, your dentist will polish the filling to a smoother texture and remove any sharp edges that would sore to the inside of your mouth. This whole process usually takes about an hour. 
Do white fillings have mercury in them?
No. Only amalgam (silver) fillings have mercury in them. White fillings are made from composite and as such, do not have mercury in them. Regardless, NHS advises that amalgam fillings only release low levels of mercury vapour and that there is no evidence that this has any harmful effects on health.

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