White Composite Dental Fillings In Walsall and Other Types of Fillings
Fillings are the cornerstone of dentistry. At The Priory Dental Practice we place all types of composite tooth fillings in Walsall. This includes both metal and composite tooth fillings. Historically, composite dental fillings, also called white dental fillings, did not wear well however, due to dental advances, they are now almost as hard-wearing as metal fillings.
The Importance of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings repair cavities, minimise toothache and prevent further tooth decay. This also prevents the need for more serious dental work in the future, such as a root canal surgery.
The procedure involves removing decayed parts of the tooth and filling with a filling material; the procedure is locally done under anaesthesia.
Four Major Types of Fillings
There are four types of fillings:
- Silver, also known as Amalgam
Amalgam fillings are so-called, because they are an amalgamation of various metals, including silver, mercury, tin and copper. The main advantage of this kind of filling is its durability, strength and resistance to wear, making it a great long-term choice. It is often used in molars, which experience a high degree of pressure when chewing.
Gold fillings also contain other metals, including silver and palladium. They can last up to 30 years, depending on their care and often look more attractive than amalgam fillings.
- Ceramic or Porcelain
These are made from a dental ceramic material. They may not be as strong as gold, but chemically bond to teeth much like a laminated windscreen on a car. This makes the filling extremely durable. In addition, ceramic fillings are tooth-coloured and more resistant to abrasion and staining than white fillings.
- White or Composite
While we offer all types of fillings, composite or white dental fillings are our focus. They are made with a tooth-coloured putty-like material which is directly applied to the tooth. It is a healthier, more natural-looking alternative to silver or amalgam fillings, and involves a minimally invasive restoration.
We offer composite tooth fillings in Walsall, and other nearby areas. Call us today to find out more about the cost of our dental fillings or to schedule a consultation.