Tooth-coloured or “white” composite fillings are suitable for both front and back teeth (in most circumstances). Compared to traditional silver fillings, these materials are more aesthetic and are now as strong and long lasting.
Composite fillings are more time consuming and difficult to place, leading to higher expense. However, given the range of colours now available, they are camouflaged and lead to a more natural looking smile.
Many people will require tooth fillings at some stage in their life. Traditionally, amalgam (silver) fillings were most commonly used. Over the past 40 years great strides have been made in the development of composite (white/tooth coloured) fillings in terms of aesthetics and strength. Now, composite fillings are the preferred choice for patients needing restorations.
White fillings have a natural look and can be used to restore decayed, damaged or unaesthetic teeth. At Cornelscourt Dental, we take great care in ensuring that the shade, shape and overall look of your filling matches your other teeth and serves to enhance the look of your smile.
Benefits of white fillings
Natural in appearance
Blend in with the surrounding teeth
Wide range of colours available ensuring a close match
Less destructive, less drilling and less damage to natural tooth tissue than silver fillings
They are bonded, so can be placed directly on to healthy tooth surface
New composites are as durable and strong as silver fillings
Fillings; on any teeth in the mouth
Veneers; direct placement on tooth to improve shade or shape
Discoloured teeth; to camouflage a permanent stain
Small teeth; to match the size of neighbouring teeth
Broken teeth; to fix chips or damage to surface
Tooth wear; to replenish those surfaces lost by grinding or erosion
Replacing silver fillings; to improve the look of your teeth
Following root canal treatment; to seal the tooth if a crown is not needed
The art of natural looking teeth
At Cornelscourt Dental, we pride ourselves in providing superior aesthetic composite fillings. We invest time in planning and designing our fillings so that the end result is as natural as possible. The overall success of a white filling depends on the dentist’s technique. Our dentists are highly skilled in the use of these materials and frequently attend courses on the art of placement of white fillings.
As a service to you, we offer Aesthetic Composite Restorations. These are white fillings that are placed in areas of the mouth, such as the front teeth, where it is of upmost importance to have a natural appearance. In these cases, we will design a tooth map of the proposed restoration to fit in with the neighbouring teeth. We will then use a range of state-of-the-art materials with multiple layers of colour and translucency. For patients who need multiple restorations, we will create a mock up of the teeth prior to placement, so that you can visualise the end result. As it generally takes longer to plan and place these restorations, the cost may appear higher than those placed in low visibility areas of the mouth. Our commitment to you is that we will deliver a superior and aesthetic result.
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