A more aesthetic way to repair damaged teeth

Having a tooth filled is an incredibly common dental procedure, treating dental cavities and damage. Composite fillings offer an aesthetic repair, rebuilding teeth and restoring them back to full functionality. Dental composite is a type of resin made from a mixture of glass and plastic which, when hardened, looks just like dental enamel. It can be colour-matched to blend in perfectly with the natural tooth and has strength and durability comparable to traditional silver amalgam.

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What are the benefits of composite fillings
  • They blend in beautifully with your natural teeth
  • Modern materials make them a durable choice
  • Less of the tooth needs to be removed before placement of the filling
  • They can restore decayed, chipped, worn or broken teeth
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What does having a composite filling involve?

We numb the affected area using local anaesthetic, and carefully remove the decayed part of your tooth before cleaning it thoroughly.

We apply an acidic gel to your tooth, which creates tiny holes to allow the composite material to bond to it and create an effective repair. This gel is then washed away and your tooth thoroughly dried.

We carefully colour match the composite material to the shade of your natural tooth, and apply it in layers, gradually building up the shape. We can mould the composite so it fits perfectly in your tooth cavity and feels comfortable.

We harden the composite material using a UV light and give it a professional polish so it looks and feels like a natural part of your tooth.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Are white fillings better than silver amalgam fillings?

Many people opt for a white filling over the more traditional silver amalgam for aesthetic reasons, as the silver stands out a lot more in the mouth. A composite dental filling has many of the same strong and durable qualities as amalgam, and contains no metal. Composite fillings are more difficult to place than silver fillings so may take your dentist 15-20 minutes longer to complete, but this extra time is more than worth the end result for many patients.

Should I have my silver fillings changed to white composite?

If you have silver amalgam fillings and would like a more aesthetic alternative, we can change them for white composite. We remove the entire silver filling, clean your tooth and apply the composite to the tooth cavity for a natural looking repair.

How do I look after my composite filling?

The best way to look after your white filling is to simply treat it as part of your natural tooth. Brush and floss twice a day to prevent decay forming, and visit your dentist for regular check up appointments.

How long will my composite filling last?

The life expectancy of your composite filling can depend on the depth of the cavity and its position in the mouth; your dentist is best positioned to advise you. With the proper care and regular check ups with your dentist, your white filling can last for many years.

Can my white filling be repaired if it gets damaged?

Yes, a composite dental filling can be easily repaired if it becomes damaged. As the composite is applied in layers and is able to bond to itself, we can add more material to cover the damage to your filling. In some cases, we may opt to remove the whole filling and replace it, but this still can be achieved in a single appointment.

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The Dental Practice Mariner Point,
81 Brighton Road
, Shoreham-by-Sea,
West Sussex, BN43 6DG

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