White Fillings Morphett Vale

White (composite) fillings are the most basic restorative dental treatment

Where previously amalgam fillings were used, dentists today use white fillings. This is for a two reasons: white fillings look better than amalgam fillings and require less healthy tooth structure to be removed.

With amalgam fillings healthy tooth structure must be drilled away and then the filling does not completely fill the cavity. The main problem with this is it leaves rooms for further decay to develop. White (composite) fillings are matched to the shade and colour of your natural teeth and no healthy tooth structure is removed.

The way composite (white) fillings are placed leaves no space for decay to form beneath the filling. However, this does not mean your tooth will be impervious to decay. You will still need to look after your oral health. Decay can damage the healthy tooth structure under the tooth if you don’t look after your teeth. If you are suffering toothache, even mild toothache, you should visit the dentist. Treating the problem early can be the difference between a filling and root canal therapy.

Symptoms to look out for:

  • bleeding gums
  • pain when chewing
  • throbbing sensation in the gums

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please visit Coast Dental in Christies Beach today.

The white (composite) filling treatment process

The treatment for white (composite) fillings can be completed in just one appointment depending on how many teeth you need treated. Your teeth will be cleaned and the area around the tooth that needs to be treated will be kept dry. Then the decay will be cleaned out of the tooth and the composite material placed. An ultra-violet light will be used to harden the material giving you a natural tooth.

If the decay is bad and a lot of tooth structure had to be removed one of our dentists may recommend a dental crown. The purpose of which will be to strengthen and protect your tooth. A particularly large filling may cause the tooth to be structurally weak and therefor chewing or biting hard could cause it to crack. By having a dental crown you can ensure your tooth stays healthy for longer.

White fillings are still susceptible to gum disease, trauma, decay and other oral health issues so it is important you maintain optimal oral hygiene. You should also attend Coast Dental in Christies Beach for regular six month check-ups to ensure your continued optimal oral health.

White Fillings Morphett Vale

To find out more about how Coast Dental can help you, or to book an appointment at our Christies Beach dental practice, please contact us today.

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