What is a tooth coloured filling?
A filling is a device that replaces part of a tooth that has been lost due to decay or damage. Tooth coloured fillings are also known as ‘white’ fillings or ‘composite’ fillings. They are a more modern dental material made mainly from glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient.
Fillings are inserted into the mouth once the affected area has been cleared of decay and thoroughly washed and dried. They are smoothed off before the dentist holds a bright light to them in order to set the filling. Once this is completed, the filling will be trimmed off and polished.
How do tooth coloured fillings work?
Tooth coloured fillings bond to tooth material and naturally match the colour, shape and texture of your teeth. This means they’ll instantly look natural and you won’t be self conscious when you laugh, smile or talk. They are also seen as a cosmeitc dental tool now when comparing them to the old silver fillings.
When are tooth coloured fillings used?
Due to advances in dentistry, tooth coloured fillings are used more and more. They are ideal for restoring decayed teeth or those that have chipped and appear unsightly when you talk or smile. Many people are now opting to have metal and amalgam fillings replaced with tooth coloured fillings.
Should I change my existing metal and amalgam fillings to tooth coloured fillings?
If your existing fillings need replacing, you can opt to have them changed for tooth coloured fillings. Unless there is an issue with your existing filling, many dentists will recommend waiting until there is a need to change them instead of simply doing it for cosmetic reasons.