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White fillings in London SE1 cosmetically enhance patients’ smiles

30 / 04 / 2012

White fillings are a restoration made from composite material, which is designed to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage caused by decay. White fillings unify with the natural colour of the teeth, so that the filling is invisible when you smile. Fillings are very common and more than half of adults in the UK have at least one filling.

What are the advantages of white fillings?

The major selling-point of the white filling in London SE1 is the aesthetic appeal. White fillings cannot be seen when you smile because the filling is matched to the colour of the natural teeth. Surveys and polls consistently show that the majority of people consider their smile their most important physical feature and it is no surprise that most people would have a preference for white fillings rather than a metal amalgam filling, which is highly visible.

Are there any drawbacks?

White fillings are very popular due to aesthetic reasons, but they are not always the best treatment option. If you have a cavity in one of your molars, for example, you may be advised to have an amalgam filling, as they are more durable and the molars are required to handle a lot of pressure due to their role in the breakdown of food. White filings are also more expensive than amalgam fillings.

What does the white filling procedure involve?

The procedure to fit a filling is relatively straightforward. First the affected tooth is numbed prior to the procedure to prevent any pain and then the decayed tissue is removed. Once the infected tooth tissue has been removed, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly before filling material is poured into the cavity. An intensive light bean is then used to set the material and the filling is then finally trimmed to ensure it fits the cavity perfectly. If you are nervous about having injections or dental treatment, talk to your dentist, as they will be able to take steps to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed during the procedure

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