White fillings have become increasingly popular over the last decade – providing an inconspicuous alternative to silver-coloured amalgam fillings.
They’re made from a composite resin, which blends in seamlessly with your tooth. Even up close, it should be difficult to spot a white filling.
Modern white fillings are strong and durable – so it’s not a case of style over substance. And the treatment is very straightforward; we’ll use a local anaesthetic to prevent any pain or discomfort.
Fillings are commonly used to restore a tooth following treatment for a cavity. Once the decayed area of your tooth has been removed, the area is carefully filled. They’re also used to repair cracked, broken or worn-down teeth.
Your treatment will be carried out in one visit, and your dentist will be able to match the colour of your filling to your tooth for a natural result.
Are amalgam fillings safe?
Amalgam fillings – also known as mercury fillings – have been used for decades, but in recent years health concerns have been raised, prompting research into their safety.
Amalgam fillings can release small amounts of mercury vapour, but there is currently no evidence to say this is harmful to your health and they have been used for over 150 years.
However, amalgam fillings are now being phased out as part of the Minamata Convention, which aims to reduce the amount of mercury in the environment.
Replacing amalgam fillings
Amalgam fillings don’t last indefinitely, and they may wear out or ‘shrink’ and need replacing. Otherwise, gaps can appear, allowing sugars and bacteria to infiltrate your tooth and cause decay.
Your dentist should keep an eye on your fillings during your regular check-ups. If you notice that they’re starting to lose their shine and turn darker, this is a sign that they may need replacing.
Swapping amalgam fillings with white fillings is a simple treatment that our team would be delighted to discuss with you.