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What are white fillings?
White fillings are fast becoming the filling of choice, offering an aesthetically pleasing and effective way of restoring a tooth with signs of decay or wear and is a more attractive and safer alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings. Fillings are used to prevent further damage when a cavity has formed in a tooth and are made from ceramic materials such as porcelain or composites to give a variety of finishes that are made to be virtually identical to a natural tooth.
Most people will require a filling at least once in their lifetime. They are used to strengthen teeth which have become damaged or decayed and restore function to the tooth. Tooth enamel is the strongest material in the body, but over the course of time can become worn, especially if you do not care for your teeth properly or have a diet high in sugary and acidic foods and drinks. It is these foodstuffs that create bacteria and harmful plaque acids in the mouth which then attack the protective enamel surface of the teeth. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is another cause of tooth wear which is becoming increasingly common due to stress and anxiety.
Tooth wear can lead to an increased risk of fractures, chips and damage and can affect the function of the tooth and aesthetics of the smile. Wear also contributes to sensitivity, which causes pain and discomfort when you eat or drink hot or cold items.
The first step is to identify the cause of tooth wear and takes steps to protect the teeth. Under local anaesthetic the tooth and cavity are thoroughly cleaned and the filling material inserted into the hole which is shaped and trimmed to exactly fit the cavity. The procedure is quick, completely safe and should not be painful.
The main advantage of white fillings is that they produce attractive aesthetics and are blended to be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They are durable, strong and help to strengthen the tooth and prevent it from further damage and decay.
Caring for white fillings is just the same as caring for your normal teeth. This includes brushing teeth twice a day, rinsing with mouthwash, flossing, avoiding sugary and acidic foodstuffs and refraining from smoking.
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