Soar Valley Dental Practice is focused on preventative dentistry, and in an ideal world we’d like to prevent the need for patients to have any fillings at all. However, most people will need at least one filling in their lifetime, and these days the majority of patients prefer white fillings, which when placed expertly by the dentist look entirely natural. They can also be better for your tooth because they usually require the removal of less of the tooth surface than when a silver filling is placed.
White fillings are made of a composite material that forms a strong bond with the natural tooth. They are more accurately described as “tooth-coloured” fillings, because there are many shades of composite material to choose from. Your dentist will pick one that closely matches the natural colour of your tooth, so that when the procedure is complete no-one will know your tooth has been filled.
If we find you need a filling, your dentist will first remove all areas of decay from your tooth and will clean the cavity. The tooth will be isolated with a rubber dam to keep the area dry and to prevent any debris falling into the mouth, for your comfort. It is important to keep the area dry as moisture can affect the success of the filling
Your dentist will then carefully place the correct shade of mouldable composite filling material into the prepared cavity. The composite material is pliable and will either be placed in a series of increments and cured with a visible blue light to harden it, or a special sonic handpiece may be used. The handpiece enables the composite material to be flowable, meaning it can be placed in one go before being shaped and cured with the light. This technique is especially effective in the back teeth, where keeping the area dry can be an issue.
The final stages involve fine shaping and smoothing of the composite material, followed by polishing and buffing for a perfect fit and entirely natural appearance.
All of our dentists are experienced in placing white fillings, and Dr Champaneri undertook extensive postgraduate training in this field, having since treated many happy patients with white fillings.Back to Treatments