White Fillings in Dartford

White Fillings

To fill a hole in a tooth (we call it a cavity) we use a filling. Fillings can also be used to repair a cracked or broken tooth or a tooth that has worn.

We remove the decayed area and then prepare the space for the filling. These days there are many different filling materials available and we will discuss the choice with you. For teeth that are not seen when you smile, you may opt for a silver coloured amalgam filling – the material most commonly used in the past. This is the cheaper of the available materials.

For teeth that are seen when smiling, most patients choose so-called ‘white’ fillings. These are made of composite resins and can be coloured to accurately match your natural teeth.

In the past, it was quite common for decayed teeth to simply be removed but these days dentists try to save natural teeth whenever possible and to treat the infection (which causes decay) instead. More and more people now retain their natural teeth throughout their lifetime.

If you require a filling in your tooth, a cosmetic option would be to choose a white filling material that matches the shade of your surrounding natural teeth. You can also have any existing metallic fillings replaced with tooth-coloured or 'white' fillings. This will allow you to smile without a metallic glint in sight, giving your teeth a more natural appearance overall.

Here is how white fillings work:
  1. This is a safe procedure that entails the removal of any decay from your tooth, and taking out the metal or amalgam fillings if you are having them replaced.
  2. The new filling is made from a very hard tooth-coloured substance and will withstand the forces in your mouth when you bite and chew over a long period of time.
  3. The restoration is completed in one visit and your fillings will not be visible when you smile.
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Smiledartford Dental Practice
69 The Brent, Dartford, Kent DA1 1YD

Opening Hours

Monday 8.30am – 6.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 6.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 5.30pm
Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday Closed