Fed up with traditional metal fillings? Five advantages of having white fillings
Feeling self conscious about your teeth when your laugh, smile or are out for coffee with friends is never a fun experience.
Chances are that if you are over the age of 25 and have ever needed a filling on one of your molars, or back teeth, that you have left the dental surgery afterwards with a noticeable and rather unattractive filling.
While they are fit for purpose many patients do not like the appearance of traditional metal fillings; if you happen to be a person who throws their head back when you laugh, you may find the presence of such a noticeable filling in your mouth somewhat disconcerting.
Depending on the size of the filling required, your general dentist in Coorparoo may decide that you are a candidate for having a white filling fitted.
At Brisbane General and Laser Dentists, our team is proud to be able to offer our patients white fillings to replace traditional metal ones. Fitted by a general dentist in Coorparoo, a white filling is a great replacement; it is just a secure, just as hardy and is more discreet than metal fillings.
But what are the other advantages of having a white filling fitted by a general dentist in Coorparoo?
We have mentioned it before but when you have large, metal fillings, even on your back teeth, it can be very off-putting and may cause self confidence issues.
Our dental team in Coorparoo can colour match your white filling to the surrounding enamel, creating a seamless and more natural look.
White fillings are traditionally made from composite, which is a very hardy and flexible material.
While it can be used to create a white filling, it can also be used to seal any tiny cracks in the tooth along with repairing chips and building up a tooth that has been badly worn down.
It is an unfortunate fact that metal reacts to temperature changes.
If you like hot tea or iced drinks, the metal in a traditional filling may shrink or expand, which may lead to cracks forming or the filling falling out.
White, or composite, fillings minimise this issue and therefore provide better long term protection for your teeth.
Metal in your mouth can be a problem for many reasons. Many older traditional metal fillings made from amalgam can contain minor traces of mercury in their chemical structure.
Composite fillings can be fitted successfully, with very little of the tooth being removed. As composite naturally bonds to the tooth, it stabilises a tooth that may have been damaged by decay, while also covering and sealing any microscopic cracks that may have formed as part of the decay removal.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultations are required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.