Fillings are one of the most common dental restorations because of the prevalence of dental decay among adults and children. Until recent decades, dental fillings, especially when placed on back teeth, were made of dark amalgam and left a noticeable mark on the smile.
We use natural-looking white fillings at our Kew dental clinic to protect your teeth and your smile.
How Tooth-Coloured Fillings Are Different
In addition to their discreet colour, white dental fillings also have other benefits.
More conservative – Unlike metal fillings, white fillings bond directly to the tooth and require the removal of less healthy tooth structure.
Less sensitive – Because they do not contain metal components, composite, tooth-coloured fillings do not have the same reaction to temperature, making it more comfortable to enjoy ice cream and cold drinks.
Cosmetic repairs – Called dental bonding, we can use composite filling material to make small repairs to the teeth. We can fill in chips, gaps or reshape the tooth without a long wait for a lab-created restoration.
How Tooth-Coloured Fillings Work
As with all procedures, we will always ensure that the tooth is completely numb before we begin. If we detect decay early enough, using digital dental x-rays, and the cavity is small, we sometimes can comfortably complete a filling without anaesthetic. We will discuss your options with you at your dental appointment.
Your dentist will remove all signs of decay and sterilise the area before placing a bonding agent onto the surfaces of the tooth that will bond with the composite.
We meticulously match the shade of your composite to the natural tooth colour using a shade guide and select the one that will blend in best with your smile. Your dentist will apply composite in layers, hardening each using a curing light.
After the final layer, your dentist will polish the filling to blend in and feel smooth against your tooth – even to your tongue. To the untrained eye, your filling will be invisible.
How to Stop Cavities
Some people are more prone to developing cavities than others. Good dietary choices, excellent home care habits and dental cleans are the best way to avoid decay.
- Avoid sugary and starchy foods
- Limit soft drinks and juices
- Brush teeth twice daily
- Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush
- Maintain regular active maintenance dental visits
When we work together to prevent decay, it means less expense and less time in the dental chair in the future.
We Welcome New Patients
If you suspect you need a filling or are searching for a new general dentist in Kew, we welcome you to get in touch with Dental On Cue to arrange a dental exam with one of our experienced, gentle dentists.
We welcome children, teens and adults to join our dental family.