Tooth coloured fillings

Tooth coloured filling or white fillings … in the hands of an experienced and skilled dentist allows to have teeth that looks as good as a natural teeth.

  • No more metal fillings
  • No one would be able to see any fillings on your teeth
  • You are cared for by highly skilled clinicians
  • Bayswater Dental Clinic is Mercury-free Clinic

Development of resin based fillers, otherwise known as composite, allowed the development of what we know today as white fillings. The use of this materials has made it possible to restore defective teeth back to their original shape and colour. Modern composite fillings have excellent durability and colour stability properties and are the common material used for restoration of cavities in the teeth.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF COMPOSITE WHITE FILLINGS?

Some of the important advantages can be listed as;

  • Better aesthetic result than other materials. This is an important factor in today’s modern societies.
  • Composite fillings, unlike mercury based fillings, adhere to the teeth. This can allow less tooth reduction and drilling in many situations when filling a cavity.
  • Because of their ability to bond to the teeth and form a seal, composite filling has allowed to consider alternative of treatment options for defective teeth that is not possible to do with materials such as amalgam fillings.
  • More recent developments in resin based restorations more and more, allows to consider less invasive treatment options.
  • Some of the modern composites have excellent polishing ability’s and allows them to restore teeth that even with a trained eye would be difficult to see and notice them. This is an important ability of this material that caused them to become almost the first choice of material for least invasive composite veneers or bondings.

WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF WHITE FILLINGS?

To compare with alternative materials used commonly in dentistry, there are not many disadvantages with resin based materials.
Some of their disadvantages however can be listed as;

  • Shrinkage of the material. Composite fillers, as they set by application of a light, go through some small volume of shrinkage. This can cause some sensitivity with the tooth. However with more recent composite materials this risk is reduced more and more.
  • The use of this material is technique sensitive and the bonding properties is affected by level of moisture and wetness present at the time of using them. Correct procedures must be used for ideal restoration.

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS TO COMPOSITE WHITE FILLINGS?

The most commonly used material, historically, is amalgam filling which is a Mercury based filler. With the excellent properties of the modern composite materials that are produced, the use of Mercury based filling materials is becoming more and more obsolete..

Where the size of a cavity is too large and plenty of composite materials is needed to fill the cavity and considering that resin based materials shrink as they set, laboratory made composite inlays or onlay may be a better choice of material. This option can have less sensitivity issues.

Gold has always been the the best material in any form of dental restorations and if the aesthetic of it is acceptable by a patient, it is always the first choice of material.

In the cases where composite material is used for veneers, the alternative would be porcelain veneers. However composite veneers are usually far more less invasive than porcelain veneers and composite veneers are far easier and pragmatic to reverse than porcelain veneers.