At Dublin18 Dental Care we provide composite fillings, also known as white fillings, from just €90. We are proud to be an amalgam-free dental practice and look forward to restoring your teeth without impairing the natural beauty of your smile.
About white fillings
White fillings are very popular now, as many people are willing to pay a little more for natural looking aesthetics and there are concerns about the safety of mercury amalgam filings. White fillings are made from resins and dental composite, which is matched to the natural shade of your tooth for a flawless finish. Composite is safe and durable, and white fillings are an excellent option for patients who have cavities and signs of tooth decay.
Many patients are choosing to replace existing mercury amalgam fillings with composite filings because they are safer in terms of your health and the environment.
What are the advantages of composite fillings?
The most obvious advantage of composite fillings is the aesthetic; with metal amalgam fillings, you can clearly see the filling when you smile or open your mouth to speak, yawn or cough. With a white filling, the filling blends in with your natural tooth and it’s impossible to notice the difference.
Technology has advanced significantly in a relatively short period of time and modern materials are much tougher and more durable than those of old; white fillings are suitable for most teeth and they should last around 7-10 years. These fillings are also completely harmless for your health and they are more environmentally friendly than metal amalgam fillings.
What happens when you have a filling?
Before you have a tooth filled, it will be numbed using local anaesthetic, so you don’t need to worry about feeling any pain. Your dentist will remove any decayed tissue from the tooth and then clean the cavity completely; once bonding agent has been applied to the tooth, the composite is placed inside the cavity and shaped to fill the hole. Once the filling is in place, the composite is set using a curing light.
Even the most diligent dental patients can encounter problems with their teeth from time to time and we have the treatments to patch you up and ensure you are free from pain and infection. Fillings are a very common treatment used to treat tooth decay. We offer high quality, aesthetically pleasing white fillings to strengthen your teeth without impacting on the beauty of your smile.
What are white fillings?
White fillings are a popular modern alternative to silver amalgam fillings. White fillings are made from a mixture of dental composite, resins and glass ionmers and they are designed to make your teeth stronger and fill cavities without changing the aesthetic of your tooth. There are various shades of composite available and we do our best to match the filling to your natural tooth shade for a completely invisible finish.
If you have a cavity, this weakens the tooth and there is a risk that bacteria can spread through your tooth; fillings help to prevent this and strengthen your tooth.
Dr Paul Hooi is an experienced dentist and he uses his skill and creativity to create seamless aesthetics. Using dental composite, Dr Hooi restores the teeth, maintaining their natural beauty and ensuring that you don’t feel a thing.
Treatment is short and painless, as we use mild anaesthetic to numb the tooth prior to the procedure. Your dentist will clean the cavity thoroughly and removed decayed tissue, before the composite is poured into the hole and shaped. At this stage, bonding material will have been placed inside the cavity to enable the composite to stick firmly and the composite is in putty form. Dr Hooi will use his expertise to shape the composite before using a curing light to set it firm and making any final adjustments.
Silver amalgam fillings
White fillings have become very popular over the last few years thanks to their cosmetic benefits, but silver amalgam fillings remain a popular choice, especially for patients who have cavities in the molar teeth. We offer different types of filling to cater for patient’s individual needs.
White fillings have become a favourite of patients for a number of reasons.
- They look far more attractive than metal fillings
- They are felt to be safer than metal fillings
Both points are equally valid. For many years metal, amalgam fillings were the restorative of choice for damaged teeth, but research and experience revealed over time that these were prone to leak. Heavy metal leakage is no picnic and so when possible most dentists prefer to use white fillings, which contain no metal material.
Why do I need a filling?
Fillings are a handy tool for preventing further tooth decay and saving your natural teeth. When plaque and bacteria are able to sit on the surface on your teeth they eat away at the enamel, first causing erosion and then decay. Small holes can begin to appear in your tooth, which if left unchecked can turn into large holes, after which they become massive cavities. Cavities are painful and can often mean the end of your natural tooth, with extraction often the only option. If a dentist spots a small amount of decay in time they can use malleable white dental fillings to seal the tooth and prevent any further decay from occurring.
What else can white fillings be used for?
White fillings can also be used for aesthetic reasons, for example, if you suffer from a chipped tooth at the front of your mouth then white filling material can be used to restore the tooth. As long as the damage isn’t structural, white fillings can be used to correct fractures and cracks to teeth that a visible when you smile. This is often a more cost effective option that veneers or crowns and provides results that are similar in appearance. If you are interested in having white fillings get in touch with the team at Dublin18 Dental Care near Ballsbridge.
Fillings are essential for restoring functionality to broken teeth while maintaining comfort and protecting you against bacteria. The fact of the matter is, most people need some type of dental treatment and millions of people around the world have fillings. Fillings are common, but that doesn’t mean they have to be intrusive.
Once upon a time, amalgam fillings were the only type of fillings available. Made from metal, these silver filings are strong and can withstand vast amounts of pressure put on the tooth, whether the person knows or not. Since amalgam fillings do not blend with natural teeth and are quite noticeable, they are often not as popular a choice for fillings.
Composite fillings use a common and popular material to seal broken teeth. As we discussed, amalgam fillings can be noticeable when a person smiles or opens their mouth to laugh, they are often unattractive and alert everyone to the fact that you have undergone dental work. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are naturally coloured to blend in with your teeth. In fact, since most people are unable to deduce a composite filling from a natural tooth on first glance, composite fillings have increased and continue to increase in popularity.
Also metal free, Cerec onlays allow the filling to blend in with a patient’s natural teeth. Cerec Onlays have an edge over composite fillings, however, in that they allow a patient’s treatment to be completed in one visit to the dentist, empowering patients with confidence and pride.
With so many fillings options available, it can seem a bit overwhelming choosing which method would best suit you. Get in touch with one of our highly-qualified Dublin18 Dental Care team near Leopardstown today to discuss your treatment options.
We all know the importance of good oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing and use of mouthwash are essential to maintain good teeth and prevent the build-up of bacteria. However, occasionally even the most careful of us can still experience problems with our teeth. This is where fillings can prove useful. Fillings can be used for two predominant reasons: to provide protection against further bacterial build-up in the tooth, or to strengthen and protect a tooth which may have been slightly decayed. Fillings may occasionally be recommended to help with other issues too, including malocclusion (having an incorrect bite) and helping a patient to chew correctly. Fillings are usually only used to help teeth with less serious types of damage. While these functions are shared by all types of filling, the different types of dental filling are suited to different needs for different patients.
Amalgam fillings are made from metal, usually a mix of metals including sliver, copper, mercury and tin. This means they can be noticeable as they do not match up with the natural colour of teeth. However, this type of filling is incredibly strong and can withstand great pressure asserted by bites. This also ensures longevity; with correct care, amalgam fillings can last up to twelve years.
Composite fillings meanwhile are made of a soft material which can be moulded to the exact shape of the tooth. While they are not as long-lasting as amalgam fillings, usually lasting around five years, they provide a much better look cosmetically, as composite fillings can easily be made to match the colour of the surrounding teeth. This procedure is best suited to smaller fillings that do not need to withstand great pressure. The CEREC procedure, using new technology, similarly allows for ‘invisible’ fillings, and can be completed in one appointment.
Contact Dublin18 Dental Care for further information on your suitability for this procedure.