What are white fillings?
White fillings are also known as “composite” fillings, they are made up of glass particles, a synthetic resin and setting ingredient that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
As white fillings blend well with the rest of your tooth, your dentist will probably recommend this white filling material to restore damaged parts of teeth and return it to normal function and appearance.
White fillings can now also be used cosmetically to reshape disfigured teeth or improve the colour of teeth. White fillings are a form of restorative dental treatment that will give you a natural look.
Tooth-coloured (white) fillings
What are the advantages of white fillings?
- White fillings can be an excellent option, as white fillings try to restore the original strength of the tooth, thereby distributing the bite load on other teeth and decrease the risk of another tooth breaking.
- White fillings are capable of withstanding the pressure and daily wear produced by the back teeth.
- In comparison to other filling material, teeth restored using white fillings are less sensitive to hot and cold.
- White fillings do not contain any mercury.
- White fillings require less removal of the healthy part of the tooth in order to hold the filling in place. This is because of white fillings bond to the teeth with an adhesive.
How long does the white filling last?
The life span of a white filling depends on a number of factors: where it is located in your mouth, how much pressure it is under during biting, etc.
Your dentist will be able to advise you on the life expectancy of your white filling and the appropriate dental hygiene to maintain its sustainability.
Generally, you can expect your white fillings to last for 4-7 years.
After undergoing a white filling procedure, there is a chance of the composite shade changing slightly if the patient drinks tea, coffee or other staining foods.