White Fillings in Bournemouth

288 Castle Lane West
Bournemouth BH8 9TU

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White Fillings

Even with prudent oral healthcare, many patients will find they need a filling at some point. Tooth decay is a common problem for adults and children in the UK, and providing it is not too far advanced, decay can usually be removed and the tooth rebuilt with a filling.

At Castle Lane Dental Care we only use white or tooth-coloured filling material. Traditionally, fillings were made of metal amalgam, which while being very strong was also very obvious, particularly if the filling was located near the front of the mouth, because of its dark, metallic colour.

White fillings are made of composite resin bonding material, which will be closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth for maximum discretion. In most cases fillings can be easily fitted under local anaesthetic, using a rubber dam to isolate the tooth to prevent any debris getting into your mouth.

We take a conservative approach to dentistry, aiming to be minimally invasive and preserving as much of the natural structure of a tooth as possible. It is often possible to avoid the need for a dental crown by building up a tooth with composite bonding material, thus saving much of the tooth's natural structure, unlike with crowns where the tooth needs to be extensively prepared.

For larger fillings we may use inlays or onlays, which are like a step between composite fillings and crowns, and are placed in or on a hole in the tooth respectively.

It is also possible to replace metal amalgam fillings with white fillings, if they are worn or very obvious. This is a simple procedure, again carried out under local anaesthetic in one appointment. Your old filling will be removed and your tooth checked for any additional decay, which will also be removed if found. Your dentist will then carefully place a tooth-coloured composite white filling in the hole, and you will leave the practice with an entirely natural-looking filled tooth.

White Fillings

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