White fillings are the modern way to fill cavities (holes) in your teeth. Not only are they more aesthetically pleasing than their silver amalgam filling counterparts, but they are also considered safer/friendlier to use as they are mercury free. These fillings are instead made from a composite resin (plastic) material.
Why Would I Need White Fillings?
Quite simply, white fillings are a type of restoration that are used when tooth decay has left holes in our teeth. Its important cavities are filled because if they are left untreated, bacteria can enter the tooth. This is very bad because at the centre of each tooth is the nerve. As you can imagine, the nerve is very sensitive and if the tooth becomes infected by the bacteria, it can lead to very bad tooth ache.
It’s very important a cavity is treated as soon as it is identified. The best way to keep on top of your dental health, is by attending your 6 monthly check up, where your dentist will examine all your teeth.
What Can Happen If A Cavity Is Left
If a cavity is left alone, bacteria and food debris (attracting more bacteria) can/will enter the tooth. You may notice sensitivity initially, and as this develops, it can become very painful.
When the nerve of the tooth becomes infected, the tooth will need treating to be saved. A root canal would be performed on the tooth, where the bacteria and nerve would be removed from the tooth. A root filling would then be used to seal the tooth (stopping more bacteria from entering).
Please note that root canals do not have a 100% success rate, and we will always try to save your natural tooth as a first resort. If the tooth cannot be saved, the tooth will need to be extracted (leaving a gap). It’s also important to consider your tooth replacement options if you are going down the extraction route – please do not hesitate to ask us for advice.
As a rule of thumb, it is always in your best interest to prevent further complications from developing by attending your regular check ups and having any cavities treated as soon as possible. As dental complications progress, it will cost more money and time to fix, and there is a chance you may lose your natural teeth (worst case scenario).
Benefits of White Fillings
The main benefit is that white fillings will protect your teeth from bacteria entering them. Bacteria is very problematic for our teeth & gums, and that is why it is so important we have a good daily oral hygiene routine to combat the build -up.
The other benefit is that they are made to blend in with your natural teeth for a more discrete and aesthetically pleasing result.
Fillings are one of the most typical/commonly used treatments to restore teeth. Composite is a very versatile material that can be used in many different situations.
When the damage of a tooth is a bit more severe for a filling to restore, then an inlay and onlay may be required for that tooth. Inlays and onlays are a treatment that act sort of like a bridge in-between a filling, up to a crown (more complex restorative cases).
Depending on your exact case, your dentist will advise you on the most suitable treatment to restore your tooth.
Book Your Appointment Today
If you think you may need a filling, or your a bit worried about a tooth, please do not hesitate to call us and book your appointment today.