Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures carried out, with the vast majority of people in the UK having at least one filling. However, many people worry that a filling will look unnatural and won’t match the colour of their existing teeth.
By opting for white fillings, which can be matched to the shade of your teeth, you can ensure that both function and aestheics are restored.
If you would like a white tooth filling, we can understand why. Many people opt for white fillings because of their natural appearance. They are more aesthetically appealing because they blend seamlessly with natural teeth, making them almost impossible to spot. White fillings are also often used to cover up tooth discolouration. Porcelain and composite are the most commonly used materials for white fillings. Every filling material has its pros and cons and your dentist will be able to advise you on what will provide the best look for you, as well as being the most durable option.
After removing any existing decay and giving your mouth a thorough, professional clean to ensure there is no remaining bacteria, plaque or debris around the filling site, your dentist will fill your tooth with the material you have chosen, matching the colour to the surrounding teeth. Depending on the tooth, they may have to build up the material in several layers to make sure it is strong enough to withstand chewing before your filling is cured with a special light to harden it. Finally, your dentist will file, contour and polish your filling to ensure it looks as natural as possible.
You can take care of a filling just like you would the rest of your natural teeth. To protect your tooth and the filling, you should brush and floss regularly, attending regular check-ups to have your teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist. Just like natural teeth, your filling can become stained, so it can be a good idea to avoid tobacco as well as drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine. If you engage in high-contact sports, you may want to wear a mouthguard to protect both your filling and teeth.
You can expect a typical white filling to need replacing in around three to six years. However, because white composite fillings are bonded directly to your tooth enamel, they can still be very durable and can last much longer with proper care. Even though you will likely need to factor in replacement within a number of years, white fillings are still very popular as they can help you to achieve a beautiful smile that you can be proud to show off.