A white (composite) filling can be used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a specialized filling material.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. One advantage for composite fillings is that the tooth-composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. Best of all, composite fillings allow us to remove less of your natural tooth structure.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced over time. They are very durable and with proper care can last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for white fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.

How are white filling placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove decay as necessary. The surrounding tooth 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 may 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 hot and cold sensitivity 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 extend the life of your new fillings.