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Composite Fillings

Most people have fillings today, but because we are now more conscious of our smile, we can choose a natural looking alternative, which is the composite or tooth-coloured filling.

Many patients don't realise they need fillings, which is another reason why regular check-ups are important.

You need fillings when decay causes cavities, or holes in your teeth.

White filings are used in the front or the rear of the mouth. They are the ideal, natural looking way, to bring back strength & functionality to your damaged teeth. We can build up cracked or chipped teeth with white fillings to restore each tooth to its natural appearance or, it can be used to close gaps, reshape uneven or short teeth.

White fillings offer a quick and affordable way to correct a variety of dental situations such as:

  • Cracks in your teeth
  • Chips to your teeth
  • Closing gaps between your teeth
  • Reshaping of short and uneven teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Discolouration
  • Replacement of metal or amalgam fillings

If left untreated, bacteria can get into the tooth and cause you painful infection and disease.

It often leads to tooth loss. It is so important to deal with any dental problems quickly to prevent them becoming more serious.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I replace my existing amalgam fillings with composite fillings?

Yes you can though we generally recommend that fillings of any kind are replaced only when it is clinically necessary. For example where decay occurs beneath or around an existing filling or the filling breaks. Sometimes when the existing fillings are very large, composite fillings may not be an option, instead a porcelain inlay may be required.

How long do composite fillings last?

96% of the composite fillings we place at this practice on front teeth last more than 5 years. We are extremely confident of the quality of our composite fillings.

Why should I consider composite fillings?

Most people prefer tooth coloured fillings because they look more natural and other people can’t see them when you laugh. Composite fillings are usually called "white fillings" but we actually use a range of different shades to match the natural colour of your teeth.

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