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Fillings are a very important part of dentistry and are quite a common procedure for a dentist to complete on a weekly and even daily basis. Not only do they help to seal and protect holes in the teeth, but they also help to reduce further tooth decay. Normally fillings are metal, giving an un-natural look to their owner’s teeth. This metal colour can cause a patient to feel conscious when they open their mouth to talk or laugh, as their filler may be spotted. White fillings offer an alternative to such metal fillings. Their white colouring is more in keeping with the natural tooth colouring, so they blend in better.
Types of Filling
White fillings have been around for a few years now and offer a great alternative to normal metal fillings. While a normal metal filling is a silver or grey colour, this filling is coloured to look more like a tooth helping to give a much more natural and appealing looking smile and to be almost un-noticeable when laughing. This is something which many people will consider to be the most important factor when choosing to have a white filling instead of a metal one. One more thing worth noting is that white fillings are made to be just as robust and durable as their metal counterpart.
The commonly used Amalgam or metal fillings are what patients would receive on the NHS should a filling be needed. The main difference between this and a white filling is the colour and material. As previously stated this is a metal filler and consequently is of a silver or metallic colour which tends to stand out from your other healthy teeth. While they are an effective treatment and can resolve dental issues, they do very little for a patients appearance. White fillings retain the effectiveness of regular fillings, without reducing the cosmetic appeal of your smile.
How it Works
The job of a filling is to fill an area which has rotted away due to decay. This involves removing the decay from the tooth and then sealing the hole to prevent further damage. In the case of a white filling this is completed by using a white/tooth coloured acrylic resin which sets in the tooth providing a hard, durable and reliable filling which should last for years. This treatment is normally completed in the duration of a regular dental appointment, and is simple and easy for most dentists to complete.
Maintaining your teeth is important and dental restoration is one way to ensure your teeth stay in good condition. Dental fillings are just one way to prevent decay of your teeth. There are many more options available to you as a patient at Midlands Smile Centres which you may not be aware of. Whether it’s restoring your smile back to its former glory or helping to improve on your existing smile with cosmetic treatments, you can be sure MSC have the right service to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
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