At Guildford Smiles Dentistry, we recommend tooth coloured fillings for a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing restoration option.
Most patients need a filling or crown at some point during their lifetime. We offer high-quality tooth-coloured restorations that complement and protect your teeth without casting a shadow on your smile.
Tooth-coloured fillings seal and repair your teeth if you have a cavity.These restorations are long-lasting if well cared for, and restore the comfort and appearance of your smile.
About Amalgam Fillings
Tooth decay is the most common dental condition for adults and children. Most people will require at least one dental restoration throughout their lifetime. Decades ago, the only option was a dark-coloured amalgam filling.
While amalgam fillings are generally reliable and long lasting, they do have a couple of drawbacks:
Amalgam fillings can cause your entire tooth to have a dark or grey appearance. In some cases, your tooth may not be visible when you smile, but for patients who have a wide smile, this can be problematic.
Sensitivity to Temperature
Amalgam fillings are made of metal and are susceptible to temperature changes. Constant contracting and expanding can cause your restoration to split and may even cause damage or fractures in your teeth.
Tooth Structure Removal
When placing amalgams, we must remove a large amount of healthy tooth structure to place your filling.
Why Choose Composite (Tooth-Coloured) Fillings?
At Guildford Smiles Dentistry, we proudly offer tooth-coloured fillings to protect and preserve your smile.
Composite is a plastic material that comes in a variety of shades, allowing us to colour match your smile. They also require us to remove less of the tooth structure to apply.
Once your dentist removes the decay from your tooth, she will apply the composite in layers, curing it with an ultraviolet light to harden the material.
Once your cavity is filled, she will shape and polish your filling to match it seamlessly with your natural tooth structure.
Even with your tongue, you will not notice a change in the texture. It will feel natural and you can chew with it right away.
With proper care, tooth-coloured fillings can last many years. When we replace composite fillings, we are still able to preserve much of your natural tooth structure, giving you more stability.