Category: White Fillings

Need a filling with Castle Lane Dental Care? Advantages of white fillings in Bournemouth

In modern society, with our highly acidic and sugar saturated foods, many people are told at a dental check-up that they need a filling.

White Fillings in BournemouthMetal fillings, which are commonly used on molar teeth, are a mixture of metals which replace the parts of tooth lost through decay or drilling. Of course, while this method of filling teeth is time tested and the standard way of treating decay in the teeth, there are a few disadvantages when comparing metal fillings to white fillings in Bournemouth.

White or composite fillings

Many years ago, having white fillings in Bournemouth fitted was considered a cosmetic procedure. While it is still technically a cosmetic procedure, many dentists and patients are noticing the other advantages of having white or composite fillings and are choosing them over traditional metal ones.

Lack of sensitivity

Patients who have metal fillings are often told to try and avoid using their newly filled tooth for about 1 day afterwards. This is because the metal does not truly fuse with the tooth and can cause some sensitivity.

However, recent studies have found that this is not the only cause of sensitivity with metal fillings. In our daily lives, we often consume extremely hot or cold drinks such as tea and iced water. Metal reacts to hotter and colder temperatures; it expands with heat and can shrink when cold. This not only causes pain, but can cause cracks in the surrounding tooth which is far from ideal.

As white fillings do not contain metal, they are not sensitive to changes in your mouth’s temperature, and so they do not cause unintentional damage to your teeth.

More hygienic

It may seem strange to state that one type of filling is hygienic, but when composite fillings are being fitted, your dentist will take time to smooth them to match your tooth’s natural surface. Due to their malleable nature, this is easy. This eliminates an edge between the tooth and the filling, which can be a magnet for plaque. Not only is plaque unattractive, it can lead to more decay forming.

Strengthens the tooth

If you are having a filling, the chances are your teeth may have tiny cracks in them or other forms of damage that only your dentist will be able to identify. A white filling can be moulded to support and repair any existing damage in the tooth, creating a more supported and stronger tooth.

At Castle Lane Dental Practice in Bournemouth, we want your smile to look its best. White fillings are suitable for many patients, regardless of where your decay is located, as they extremely protective, but they also improve the appearance of your teeth while preventing any further problems from occurring.

Do you think you need a filling? Come along for a check-up and our friendly, experienced dental team will be happy to help you.

Contact us today for more information about white fillings in Bournemouth and our other cosmetic procedures.

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Can I replace my old fillings? What you need to know about having white fillings fitted in Bournemouth

In the last few decades, dental techniques and equipment have come a long way.

While dentistry once had a bad image associated with pain and discomfort, these advances have started to change this association and now, more people than ever are going to the dentist to improve their smiles through cosmetic dental procedures.

White Filling in BournemouthHowever, cosmetic dentistry has led many patients to look into their mouths at their darker, metal fillings and wonder if they should have them replaced with white fillings in Bournemouth.

Should I change my fillings?

Firstly, many dental surgeries are wary of taking out old fillings and putting it new ones unless there is damage to them.

However, at Castle Lane Dental Care, we think that you teeth should be more than simply functional. If you have a metal filling near the front of your mouth that is obvious and causing you to be less confident, we will take it out and replace it with a white filling in Bournemouth.

There are many benefits to requesting that any future fillings that you may need are also composite based that go far beyond being an aesthetic choice.

Less invasive

A large plus of having a filling that is based on a plastic, malleable composite is the ability to mould it into different shapes and spaces.

If you require a smaller filling, your dentist may use a small amount of composite material to fill it, without having to pull out a large drill. Leaving you with a new filling that is perfectly fitted to your teeth and is not noticeable.


Fillings are a form of preventative dentistry; after all, they are used to prevent your teeth from decaying any further while also providing you with the ability to use your once decayed tooth again.

An interesting side note about composite fillings is that due to their colour, it is easier for your dentist to identify any decay setting in underneath the tooth as it makes any cracks in the enamel more noticeable. This means that any dental work can be completed quickly and is inevitably less invasive or extreme.


Metal fillings do support the area of the tooth that has been drilled, but they are not very malleable, meaning it is hard for even the most experienced dentist to shape them to correctly fit your tooth.

In preparation for a filling, your dentist will gently drill your tooth to remove any decay, this may lead to micro cracks forming if there were none to begin with. When a composite filling is fitted, your dentist can use it to not only restore your tooth, but to also fill in any micro cracks that have formed. This will prevent future sensitivity while ensuring your tooth is supported and strong.

If you think white fillings in Bournemouth are for you contact us at Castle Lane Dental Practice and we will discuss the options available.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Are white fillings in Bournemouth for me?

Even those of us who have looked after our teeth religiously with a good dental oral regime at home and regular check-ups at the dentist may still need fillings at some point in our lives.  In the past, all fillings were made from metal amalgam, which whilst doing the job very well, did not offer a very subtle solution!

White Fillings in BournemouthWe all want to feel our best so if you think that your old fillings are making you look more like Jaws than James Bond, why not come along to our Castle Lane Dental Clinic in Bournemouth and chat to us about the options available to you.

How does this treatment work?

Our team can provide you with all the knowledge you need when deciding whether to get new, more natural looking fillings. But it is safe to say that we can replace your unwanted fillings, safely and quickly, to leave you with a white beaming smile!

White fillings in Bournemouth are made from composite material which is very strong.  Before any treatment goes ahead, one of our dentists will examine the teeth that need fillings replaced, removing any decay that is lurking.  Once your teeth are prepared, we will remove your metal amalgam fillings and exchange these for your new natural looking ones.

New whiter filling replacements bond very well to teeth and, if this is the first filling you are having in your tooth,  we should be able to save more of your real tooth instead of removing it via drilling.  These type of fillings are more reasonable in price too, especially when compared to porcelain crowns for example.

How should I look after my new fillings?

White fillings in Bournemouth are hardy and should last you for many years.  Sticking to a good oral health regime at home, by brushing and flossing or using alternatives such as interdental brushes, twice a day, will help to maintain fillings and teeth.

Nervous of dental procedures?

If you do not enjoy visiting the dentist, don’t worry, you are not alone. Here at Castle Dental Clinic we are very experienced in dealing with people that really do not enjoy having treatments done.  We ensure that all your concerns are discussed first before any treatment takes place. We never judge, so even if you have not visited a dental practice for years, we will find the best way that suits you and your teeth for any solution to any dental problem.

Natural looking gnashers…gorgeous!

The dental procedure to replace old metal fillings with new shiny white ones is a simple way to improve the look of your teeth in general.   This treatment, depending on how many fillings need replacing, can usually be completed in one visit.

Nothing builds the confidence of a person more than shiny white teeth and a happy smile.  Having whiter more natural looking teeth will boost esteem and actually make a person look younger, as the eyes are drawn away from crow’s feet or wrinkles and pulled towards someone’s attractive smile.

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Give yourself a long lasting smile with white fillings in Bournemouth

One of the treatments most often used in any dental practice is that of repairing teeth where fillings have decayed over time.  Many people at some point in their lives may need this procedure and it is not necessarily a reflection of how good or bad your oral health care at home is. Although you will have more chance of not needing fillings if you do take good care of your teeth!

White Fillings in BournemouthWhat filling options are there available?

Most of us think of metal amalgam when we hark back to our childhood, but this dental solution has come on leaps and bounds in recent years.  Although the fillings of old were certainly strong and did the trick, they really did not blend in with other teeth and look at all natural.

At our Castle Lane Dental Clinic we offer white fillings in Bournemouth which will keep your mouth looking crisp, clean and bright!

What are these super duper new fillings made from?

White fillings in Bournemouth are made from composite resin and are very durable. Ideal for using in the front or the back teeth, they are the perfect choice for those patients who want a more natural look to their smile.

These type of fillings are the perfect solution for mending cavities and can help change the hue of the tooth.  Depending on how many teeth need repairing, we often find that we can treat the patient with this procedure in one visit.

What happens during this procedure?

On the day of your treatment, our dental practitioner will match your tooth colour to the best shade of composite resin. Any decay will be removed and the new filling material will be placed into the tooth and shaped, hardened and polished.

New whiter filling replacements bond very well to teeth and should last for at least five years and they look so natural, no one would even know that you have had fillings!

Keeping your teeth looking their best after treatment

To keep your teeth looking their best and also to help prevent any further treatments being needed, good oral hygiene is a must! We recommend that you always brush your teeth twice a day and floss or use an alternative, to keep on top of plaque and bacteria. Try to not eat too many sugary sweets, foods or drinks and always ensure that you have regular dental check-ups.

Your new natural looking fillings need to be protected from any staining too, so try to avoid smoking, red wine and too much coffee.

New fillings, new smile!

For a confidence boost and higher self-esteem, nothing beats a wide bright smile! Having white and natural coloured fillings are a simple way of ensuring that your teeth look as natural as possible, whilst still producing the end result of repaired cavities. If you have any questions about this treatment just visit us at Castle Dental Clinic in Bournemouth and we will be happy to talk to you.

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Why we recommend white fillings in Bournemouth

At Castle Land Dental Care, any filling that you have will be white or tooth-coloured to match your teeth. Anyone who has had an eye on dental news will know that there has been some debate over the years about whether metal amalgam fillings should be used or whether white fillings are better.

If you come for your check-up at Castle Lane Dental Care and you need a filling, we will offer a white filling for the reasons discussed below.

White Fillings in BournemouthStrength

One of the reasons why metal fillings are still used is that they are strong enough to withstand the forces that are applied to the back teeth. It used to be that white fillings were not up to the job. Modern materials mean that, while amalgam fillings are still a bit stronger, white fillings have enough durability to cope with the pressure as well.


This is perhaps the key reason why people want repairs that use white materials. No one really wants to show the world that they have had tooth decay and metal fillings do just that. Not only does the colour of white fillings in Bournemouth match your teeth, they can also be shaped to mimic the contours of natural teeth making them even less obvious.

The health of your teeth

Any type of filling ultimately increases the chances that your tooth will be healthy in the long term. The point of filling is to restore a tooth to its natural shape and to prevent bacteria causing the area to deteriorate further. Once you have a hole in your tooth, it creates the perfect environment for further damage, infection and, potentially, pain. When you dentist spots a hole, they can clean the area our and place a filling to repair the area. Once a white filling is in place, it will not decay. Natural wear and teeth-grinding can cause damage to white fillings. Keeping up with your regular appointments at Castle Lane Dental Care will help us to monitor the progress of your fillings as well as the rest of your teeth. We can catch any issues in the early stages and prevent them becoming worse.

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Do you need to replace your metal fillings?

Fillings are when a hole in your tooth is blocked up with a material to ensure that it doesn’t decay any further. There are different types of filling available at Castle Lane Dental Care, but they are all tooth-coloured.

If we rewind a decade or two, fillings were predominantly made from amalgam, a metallic material. This was the best option for durability, but these fillings tend to stand out from the teeth and advertise the fact that someone has had tooth decay. Many people still have amalgam fillings. At various times, there have been fears that the mercury in many amalgam fillings makes them unsafe. However, this has been shown to be largely untrue.

White Fillings in BournemouthPeople often visit Castle Lane Dental Care to have their old fillings replaced with white fillings in Bournemouth. There are two reasons why they might do this – either it’s for clinical reasons or cosmetic ones.

Clinical reasons

If your filling is defective in any way, it is important to have it replaced. It may be that the surrounding tooth has further damage and the filling no longer fits like it used to. It could be that the filling itself is starting to break down. If you visit us regularly for your check-ups, keeping an eye on your fillings and their integrity is one of the actions we will perform.

Cosmetic reasons

If you want your teeth to look uniform and like they have never been repaired, you may want to exchange your metal fillings for white ones. You can talk to a member of our team about this and your dentist at Castle Land Dental Care will make a clinical assessment of the area. Unless you are particularly distressed by the state of your teeth or there are clinical indicators for removal, it is not normally recommended for you to make the swap. This is because there are some risks associated with the process. If we do decide to go ahead, we do everything we can to ensure the procedure goes smoothly. When we assess your fillings, we look at the age of your dental work, the condition of the surrounding teeth and the degree of difficulty that might be inherent in the removal procedure.

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White fillings for beautiful smiles

Sometimes filling are unavoidable, but thanks to modern technologies, they are now more aesthetic and less invasive than ever. Dentists have been repairing decayed teeth with metal fillings for generations, but an increasing number of patients are turning to white fillings in order to fill their cavities and protect their teeth from further decay. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings are inconspicuous and blend in with the natural teeth.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, if necessary, we remove metal fillings refill with tooth-coloured, composite resin. This is a completely safe procedure that will strengthen your teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

White Fillings in BournemouthWhat are white fillings?

White fillings are used to restore the natural structure and appearance of teeth. They are usually made of composite resin, a combination of different materials such as glass, plastic and silicon. What makes composite fillings unique is their ability to bond with the tooth enamel. Unlike metal fillings that merely fill the gap, white fillings attach to the teeth, taking its shape.

In applying white fillings, your dentist will prepare the surface of the affected tooth with the aid of an acid gel. This will prepare the surface, making it easier for the filling to stick on it. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings are hardened in place with light, a process which takes only a few minutes to complete. After your dentist finishes filling the tooth, they will have you bite on carbon paper to make sure the filling is not irregular. If it is, then your dentist will lower the filling to match the rest of your teeth.

Whereas metal fillings require extensive preparation of the affected tooth, less preparation is usually required for composite fillings. The success of composite fillings depends on your dentist’s technique and experience. At our practice, we offer our patients high-quality white fillings carefully placed in your teeth by our well-trained and experienced dentists.

Get in touch

Want to learn more about white fillings in Bournemouth? Whether you want to change your old, discoloured fillings or whether you need a new filling, your teeth can look naturally beautiful with white fillings. Call our practice today and book your appointment.

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Replace your old metal fillings with white fillings in Bournemouth

Amalgam (metal) fillings have been used effectively in dentistry for many years, however, an increasing number of patients are eager to replace them with white fillings due to various cosmetic considerations. At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we can safely remove your old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-coloured ones for an increased aesthetic effect. This is simple procedure that can be completed in only one visit to the dentist.

What are white fillings?

White Fillings in BournemouthWhite fillings are made of high-strength composite resin (a combination of glass and plastic) that can be easily colour-matched to your natural teeth. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings actually bond to the tooth-protecting the enamel and helping prevent fracture. Composite fillings are less likely to fall compared to metal fillings. At the same time, white fillings protect teeth from extreme temperature changes.

What to expect

White fillings can be placed either by a general or cosmetic dentist, since they have become increasingly popular among patients of all ages. Your dentist will isolate the tooth and try to keep it dry, while removing the old filling from the interior. Then, they will clean the tooth thoroughly in order to ensure that they have removed any remains of the old filling. Once ready, your dentist will place the composite resin material in layers in the filling and sculpt it around your teeth to look natural. Composite resin hardens in seconds, therefore, you can leave with a new filling in only one visit to the dentist.

Advantages of white fillings

Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings bond to the tooth and allow your dentist to sculpt the material for an aesthetically pleasing result. Composite resin is a very strong material that helps restore most of the original strength of the tooth, whereas metal weakens the teeth, making them prone to breaking. Besides looking natural and seamless, white fillings also desensitize teeth and make them more resilient to hot and cold temperatures. More importantly, white fillings require less removal of tooth enamel.

If you are thinking about replacing your old discoloured, metal fillings with white fillings for a natural smile, please call us or request an appointment today. We look forward hearing from you.

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