Even with good oral hygiene, decay can sometimes occur and lead to painful cavities. Traditional amalgam fillings are safe and durable but many of our patients prefer white fillings, especially for those teeth that are visible when smiling and talking, as they look more natural.
What are White Fillings?
White fillings are in fact tooth-coloured ‘composite’ fillings that are made from a high-grade resin. They are used to repair cavities in the same way as amalgam fillings are used.
They can also be used as a cosmetic treatment, to improve the shape of your teeth. This treatment is known as ‘bonding’ and can be done without any drilling or need for anaesthesia: the tooth-coloured resin is sculpted around your existing teeth to achieve the desired shape before the resin hardens. This provides a tough, durable yet natural-looking finish.
White Fillings at Dee Kay Dental
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in a tooth, you may have developed a cavity that requires treatment. Delaying that treatment can lead to more extensive decay. Treating cavities early will limit treatment time and costs and prevent further pain.
Cavities can be painless at first. We recommend that you come for regular check-ups so that your dentist can look for signs of decay and treat cavities before they become symptomatic. We offer white fillings at our Gainsborough and Sheffield practices; our skilful dentists will take great care to numb your affected tooth with local anaesthetic to ensure that your treatment is pain-free.
If you are unhappy with the shape and appearance of your teeth, bonding might be the most appropriate (and least invasive) cosmetic treatment for your smile: your Dee Kay Dental dentist will be able to discuss the various options and help you to decide whether bonding will achieve your desired result.
White Fillings are Strong and Durable
When white fillings were first developed, they were not very durable compared to amalgam fillings and would usually need to be replaced regularly. Thanks to modern developments, however, white fillings are just as durable as amalgam fillings and are of course more discreet in appearance. They can be used on any tooth surface and on any tooth (including molars) and you will be able to chew and bite as normal following treatment.
How Much Do White Fillings Cost?
At Dee Kay Dental in Gainsborough and Sheffield, white fillings cost from just £95 each.
Get in Touch
If you are experiencing pain or want to enquire about the cosmetic benefits of white fillings, call us or complete our Smile Evaluation form and we will arrange a convenient appointment for you and answer any questions you may have about this treatment.