ROUTINE FILLINGS

Invisible white fillings

Fillings to suit your smile

Fillings are perhaps the most common dental treatment, routinely used when tooth decay has caused a small cavity to appear in the tooth. The traditional filling material is metal amalgam, though composite white fillings are increasingly becoming the treatment of choice for their discreet cosmetic appeal. At Clyde Munro, we offer you the choice between grey amalgam fillings and tooth-coloured white fillings, depending on their appropriateness for the tooth involved. Your dentist will talk you through your options. Treatment is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic and is a routine procedure that involves minimal discomfort or downtime.

Natural-looking white fillings

Composites, or white fillings, use the latest bonding technology to build up existing teeth and restore them to their original form and function. Created from a plastic and glass resin, white fillings have vastly improved in strength in recent years and are consequently a very popular treatment at Clyde Munro practices across Scotland, particularly for visible front teeth. The advantages of white fillings – in addition to their natural look – are that they are non-invasive, build on existing tooth structure and remove only the decayed part of the tooth. In fact, many patients choose to remove existing amalgam fillings and replace them with more discreet white ones instead.

Will it hurt to get a filling?

No. Fillings are carried out under a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel a thing during treatment. If you are at all nervous about having an injection, do let us know so that we can gently help you through the procedure – we have a number of tried and tested techniques at our disposal and lots of experience helping nervous patients.

What happens after a filling treatment?

Some patients experience sensitivity for up to three weeks after the treatment, which gradually subsides. For most, though, a filling treatment is very straightforward. The anaesthetic wears off after 1-3 hours and after that you should be able to return to normal activity. Children must be observed until the anaesthesia has completely worn off.

How long will my filling last?

Amalgam fillings generally last longest – up to 12 years, although with good oral hygiene they are known to last even longer. White fillings have an average lifespan of around seven years, though many patients think the cosmetic benefits of white fillings outweigh the issue of having to have them replaced.

What are the advantages of white fillings over metal ones?

White fillings have the major advantage of being tooth-coloured, so your filling isn’t noticeable inside your mouth. They’re made of a material that’s mouldable and bonds to your tooth, which means less drilling is required, and less of the tooth needs to be removed to place the filling.

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