As well as providing an effective repair for tooth decay or damage, composite (or white) fillings offer a natural looking alternative to more obvious amalgam fillings. This is because they are made from a tooth coloured resin, a mixture of plastic and glass, that blends in beautifully with your teeth.
They support the structure of a damaged tooth, helping to prevent further breakage or sensitivity, and can be placed in the front or back teeth.
They blend in beautifully with your natural teeth
Modern materials mean they can provide a durable option
Less of the tooth needs to be removed before placement of the filling
They can restore decayed, chipped, worn or broken teeth
The area to be treated is numbed with a local anaesthetic and the decayed area of tooth removed.
A gel is applied to the tooth, creating tiny holes so the composite material can bond effectively.
The acidic gel is washed away and the tooth dried.
A priming agent is applied so the composite filling will form a strong bond.
The colour matched shade of composite is then applied in layers and moulded to match the shape of the tooth.
The resin is hardened with a special bright light and it is then polished to look like a natural part of the tooth.
Though considered a less durable method of filling teeth than amalgam fillings, composite fillings are a far more attractive option and are now made from modern materials that offer improved durability, particularly in small cavities. How long they last will depend on the depth of the cavity to be filled and its position in the mouth.
To prevent decay forming in or around the composite filling, it is important to brush at least twice a day and see your dentist for regular check-ups.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is also better known as Root Canal Treatment. Root Canal Treatment becomes necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes irreversibly damaged, and therefore has to be surgically removed.
Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Most individuals suffer gum inflammation from time to time, around 10% of the population appear to suffer from the more severe forms.