White Fillings

A composite or Glass ionomer cents is considered under tooth coloured filling. It is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.

The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed first with high speed hand piece and thus the cavity is prepared. After preparation of the cavity the tooth is filled with either GIC or composite.There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  Dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Composite fillings, along with GIC fillings, are the most widely used today.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. For composite white filling minimal tooth preparation are then followed by acid etching and placement of tooth coloured resin on the surface.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile. Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.