White fillings are tooth coloured fillings made from composite resin that help seal gaps left by cavities and tooth decay, they also prevent bacteria from damaging the tooth further. White fillings are available in many shades to closely match your natural tooth colour so you won’t be able to notice them.
A range of materials can be used to create dental fillings including porcelain, gold and mercury amalgam although the most popular type of filling is white composite resin for its natural appearance.
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If you commonly experience tooth sensitivity when you eat or find food debris gets stuck easily in your teeth, it may be due to tooth cavities. The only way to know is to visit the dentist so they can examine your mouth and if they spot early signs of tooth decay, they may recommend a filling to repair the holes left in your teeth.
Keeping six monthly check-up and cleans at the dentist can help prevent tooth decay from advancing into something more costly and painful to repair down the track. Even if you don’t experience any pain, your dentist may still recommend a dental filling to prevent tooth decay from spreading.
Our friendly and experienced dentists in East Victoria Park can provide you with high-quality white fillings to seal the gaps in your teeth for a healthier smile. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call us on 08 9470 3944 or book online.
Practicing good oral hygiene at home can reduce your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. You can look after your teeth and gums in between dental visits by:
Amalgam is a combination of silver, copper, tin and mercury used to make a dental filling that is silver in colour. Amalgam has been used for many years and is proven for its safety, durability, effectiveness and low cost. In more recent times, amalgam fillings have come under scrutiny for the small traces of mercury they contain and possible toxicity when being absorbed by the body.
While there is no scientific evidence to relate amalgam to mercury toxicity, its use and removal is controversial.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is the peak national body for dentists designed to support members to provide safe, high quality professional oral health care. On dental amalgam safety, the body advises dentists to continue using materials that are proven to be safe and are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
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White fillings are typically made from a composite resin containing plastic and glass that's applied to the prepared cavity by a dentist and hardened. White fillings may also be made from porcelain (ceramic) and prepared outside the mouth. Silver fillings are an amalgam of several metals, including copper, mercury, tin and zinc which are less commonly used by dentists today.
Toothache is a common symptom of tooth decay and cavities, but a damaged tooth isn't always painful, especially for older people whose teeth may be less sensitive. Having regular dental check-ups gives your dentist the chance to spot early signs of tooth decay and cavities before too much damage is done.
A white filling can last from 5 to 10 years with good care before it needs to be replaced, while porcelain fillings can last longer, but they also cost more. Cast gold and amalgam mercury fillings have the longest lifespan due to their strength and durability but are less popular because of their appearance.
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