White Fillings

What are the plus points for choosing white fillings?

With modern diets containing excessive amounts of sugar, there is an increased likelihood of patients seeking dental treatment for cavities. Cavities, if not treated at a dental clinic, inevitably leads to tooth decay and tooth loss. While sugar is the main culprit in tooth decay, there are other contributory factors. These factors include bacteria entering the tooth structure through chips and fractures in the outer layer of the tooth.

White Fillings in Stevenage

Dental practitioners rely on fillings to save a tooth from progressive decay. At Smilecraft dental clinic we offer our patients the option of choosing White Fillings in Stevenage to prevent cavities from completely destroying teeth.

4 Reasons why patients choose White Fillings in Stevenage

Patients are already familiar with the silver fillings, also referred to as, amalgam fillings. Improvements in dental technologies and materials have made available white fillings as an alternative option.  At our dental clinic we find that more and more patients prefer this option over amalgam fillings. Here’s why.

  1. Aesthetic value

A top concern of patients having to seek treatment for teeth cavities are cosmetic in nature. A key benefit of composite fillings is that the fillings can be matched to the colour of the patient’s teeth. This means that these fillings are less noticeable as compared to silver fillings.

  • Lower price tag compared to other dental treatments

White Fillings in Stevenage are a more cost effective option for patients who need to treat a broken tooth. This treatment method costs less than opting to have porcelain crowns cover shape defects.

  • Minimal drilling required

Unlike the standard filling treatment, composite fillings require less preparation. As the filling material bonds to the teeth, drilling may only be needed to remove evidence of dental decay.

  • Replacing white fillings are relatively less complicated

Should it happen that filling needs to be replaced, the method to replacing composite fillings is far easier than replacing an amalgam filling. The area that is damaged can be easily removed and replaced. This comparatively less complicated than having to remove the entire silver filling before cleaning out the cavity and filling it in again.

Carefully consider filling materials

One of the most frequently asked questions by our patients who have to consider filling treatments is – How to choose the best treatment method for their dental health? We advise patients to consider the choice of materials available to make sure that they choose the most suitable option that is in their best interests.

Composite fillings are made from a composite resin material that includes plastics and other materials such as silica and dimethylglyoxime. This compound material ensures that the filling is successfully secured to the tooth’s surface.

The benefits of composite resin material include:

  • White fillings are mercury free.
  • Composite fillings are more durable and offer increased resistance to breakage.
  • Tooth sensitivity is decreased.

Do you need to check the condition of your teeth? Why not schedule a check-up with one of our experienced dental practitioners today? Give us a call at Smilecraft. We look forward to helping you achieve excellent oral health.

Way to go with white fillings

Having great-looking teeth has become very important in the last couple of decades. The truth is, it has always been important. Archaeologists have found evidence of dentistry, such as braces, dentures and dental implants that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. People have always wanted teeth that look good and function well. The difference is that, since the 1980s, treatments to make teeth look great and work really well have become widely available.

White Fillings in StevenageTake white fillings, for example. They have been around for quite a while now. At first, you had to go hunting for a dentist that did white fillings and if you were a tooth grinder, they may not have lasted very long because the material was not as resilient as good, old, but ugly, amalgam.

Nonetheless, people were willing to pay to get rid of their amalgam because they didn’t want people knowing of their childhood love affair with sweeties every time they opened their mouths for a good laugh or a yawn. Researchers then focussed their efforts on ways to make white fillings more durable, and now, they are every bit as good as amalgam. In fact, in some ways, white fillings in Stevenage are better.

Bonding, not packing

White fillings go in to the tooth cavity in layers. Each layer is cured with a UV light and bonds with the walls of the cavity. Amalgam is simply packed in very tightly, so there is always a tiny chance that decay-causing bacteria can get in round the edges of the fillings and the tooth underneath it can rot.

Stronger teeth

Dentists do not have to remove as much healthy tooth material for white fillings, which means that there is more tooth material surrounding the cavity, and the tooth remains stronger for longer.

Get the curves back

Because white fillings can be hardened, the filling can be built up and then sculpted to give it back the lumps and valleys that molars have for grinding up food. Amalgam can only be packed in flat so your teeth lose some of their ability to process your food effectively.

Why not ask us at Smilecraft in Stevenage for white fillings next time you get a cavity?

Why we love white fillings

The aim of modern dentistry is to allow you to hang on to your natural teeth for as long as possible. At Smilecraft in Stevenage, we count it as a success if you get to keep all your pearly whites for your entire life.

And one way you can do this is by having white fillings instead of amalgam. For decades, amalgam has been the preferred filling material because it is quick and easy and does a pretty good job. But the truth is that now white fillings do a much better job. There are three main reasons for this, besides the fact that white fillings look so much nicer and don’t announce your dental history to the world when you laugh.

White Fillings in StevenageWhite fillings make your teeth stronger

When we put in amalgam fillings, we have to take away more of the healthy tooth material. Amalgam cannot bond with the tooth, and so places stresses on the thinner tooth shell that can, over time, cause cracking. With white fillings, we just have to remove the decayed material. This, plus the fact that the filling is bonded to the tooth, means that there is much more of your own tooth left in place and this makes it stronger and more able to cope with the daily stresses and strains of chewing and biting.

White fillings resist decay better

Amalgam cannot bond with your own natural tooth material. This means that when we put in an amalgam filling, it sits in your tooth with no seal, so there is always going to be a miniscule gap between the filling and your tooth through which bacteria can sneak in to create more decay. White fillings actually bond with your teeth, and the resultant seal prevents bacteria getting in.

Better chewing

Amalgam fillings cannot be shaped. They lie flat within the tooth. White composite fillings are cured and then we shape them to resemble the natural contours of your own teeth, so that you get a far better chewing surface. This puts less strain on your teeth.

We can fill new cavities with white fillings, and we can also replace your old amalgam fillings.