At Aesthetic Smiles near Stoneygate we offer white fillings, which blend effortlessly with your natural teeth and strengthen teeth affected by cavities. Our white filings are made from composite resin and porcelain for a beautiful, natural aesthetic.
Why would I need a filling?
Fillings are restorative treatments, which are used to strengthen the teeth when they are weakened by cavities. Cavities are holes, which develop in the surface of the tooth; they are caused by bacteria. If cavities are left untreated, they get larger and the bacterial infection can spread to other parts of the tooth; fillings help to prevent the spread of infection, as well as making the tooth stronger.
What are the advantages of white fillings?
In the past, many people had mercury amalgam fillings because they were considered the best option, but white fillings are now much more popular because they are safe and they produce much more appealing aesthetics. White filings are also more environmentally friendly than metal fillings.
What happens when you have a filling?
The procedure to fill a cavity is fairly straightforward and it should not be painful, as the tooth will be numbed using local anaesthetic before treatment begins. Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove the decayed tissue from the cavity and give your tooth a thorough clean; the composite will then be poured into the cavity and set firm using a curing light; this is painless and it only takes around 30 seconds. The filling is then trimmed so that it is comfortable.
Replacing metal amalgam fillings
We offer new fillings for patients as well as replacement fillings. If you have mercury amalgam fillings and you have concerns over the safety of your filling or you would prefer a more discreet filling, we will be happy to replace your metal filling with a new white filling.
White fillings are increasingly popular, mainly due to the fact that they are much more aesthetically pleasing than metal fillings, which are clearly visible when you smile.
What are white fillings?
Fillings are a type of restoration, which is used to restore a tooth that has been weakened as a result of decay; fillings are used to fill cavities, which are holes in the teeth. As well as strengthening the tooth, fillings also help to prevent damage to the tooth and further infection.
White fillings are made from composite materials, resin or ceramic; they are designed to match the colour of the natural tooth, so that they cannot be distinguished from your natural teeth when you open your mouth.
How is a filling fitted?
The filling procedure typically takes less than an hour; in most cases the tooth is numbed to prevent any pain. The cavity is cleaned thoroughly before the decayed tissue is removed using a dental drill; the composite is then poured into the cavity and set firm using a light beam. Having a filling is nothing to worry about and you should not feel any pain; after the procedure your mouth will feel a little numb, but this will soon wear off.
Replacing metal fillings with white fillings
A growing number of people are choosing to have their metal fillings replaced with white fillings and we are happy to do this for our patients; some people have concerns about the safety of mercury amalgam fillings, while others are simply looking for a more aesthetically pleasing alternative. We will remove your old filling, clean the cavity thoroughly and then re-fill the hole using composite material.
Composite material used for white filings can also be used to patch up chipped and worn teeth; this is known as composite bonding and it is a very effective treatment for correcting minor flaws in the smile.
Get in touch with us at Aesthetic Smiles near Thurmaston for more information and to arrange your consultation.
If you lose a tooth you may feel like it’s the end of the world and you’re going to be shying away from smiling for months to come, but we have a solution, which will have you smiling again in no time. Teeth-in-a-day allows patients to benefit from a new tooth in just one day.
Usually, implant treatment takes several months; one the implant is fitted, it takes a long time for it to integrate into the bone before the new restoration is even attached. With same-day teeth, the implant and restoration are fitted on the same day, meaning that patients can enjoy restored oral function and a more attractive and healthier looking smile.
What are the benefits?
The obvious benefit of this treatment is that the results are almost immediate and patients do not have to wait around to enjoy the benefits of their dental implants. Patients will not only feel more confident with a new set of teeth, but they will also be able to enjoy eating without worrying.
As treatment time is much shorter and there is no need for a temporary implant, fewer dental appointments are required.
Teeth-in-a-day dental implants are maintained in exactly the same way as normal dental implants and they are designed to last a lifetime.
Are there any risks?
All surgical procedures carry risks and therefore there are some risks associated with immediate dental implants; however, the benefits of treatment often far outweigh the risks and our expert team does all it can to minimise the chance of complications or side-effects.
What happens if there are spaces in the mouth?
Without implant or other restorative treatment there are risks of oral health problems, tooth movement and jaw shrinkage; many people also find that their speech is altered and chewing becomes more difficult. There is also the obvious problem that the smile looks less attractive. Get in touch with the team near Western Park for more help and information.
Dental fillings are now common place solutions to dental issues, and while an effective and successful modern technique, the final aesthetic result can be less than pleasing. This is why Aesthetic Smiles near Stoneygate can offer you access to white fillings for a better final look.
Discreet white fillings
Most fillings are metallic and leave a distinctive silvery finish where they are applied. White fillings as offered by Aesthetic Smiles are, very fortunately, engineered to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding tooth. Each white filling can be made up of porcelain, resin, or dental composites for a wide array of different restorative treatments and approaches. White fillings can be used to replace mercury fillings which pose a toxicity risk due to the poisonous nature of mercury.
White fillings can also be used as either onlays an inlays where appropriate, making the application of this type of fillings quite flexible. Inlays are typically applied to cavities which have eroded the enamel and dentin of our inner teeth. Used here, white fillings as onlays can protect from any further decay and can also maintain their appearance. As onlays white fillings are typically applied as porcelain crowns for improved bite and chewing actions.
White fillings can also be used to sculpt dental veneers, a cosmetic treatment which increases the quality and strength of teeth as well as improve their appearance. White fillings used for dental veneers provide an excellent finish, particularly for anyone on a budget or looking to treat a small number of teeth.
Ultimately regardless of how and why white fillings are applied for restorative or repair work they are used for two main reasons. The first being the preservation of your teeth and the prevention of tooth decay, and the second being restoring or preserving the appearance of your smile, and through that, your confidence in how your teeth look and feel.