White Fillings

A filling replaces a part of the tooth that has been lost because of decay or because the tooth has broken. One option in restoring the tooth is to have a composite filling, commonly referred to as a white filling. This offers a great functional and aesthetic result and it is the recommended filling choice at Mildura Family Dental. 

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Composite fillings are available in a variety of shades and your dentist will choose a colour to match your natural tooth. This type of filling bonds directly to the tooth and does not require enlargement of the cavity unlike silver (amalgam) fillings. Because of the strong bond, composite filling also helps to support the surrounding tooth structure.

Composites can be used for a variety of cosmetic dental procedures such as:

Frequently Asked Questions

White fillings are dental restorations made of a tooth-colored composite resin material that is used to fill cavities and restore damaged or decayed teeth. You might need a white filling if you have a small to medium-sized cavity or a chipped or cracked tooth.

White fillings are different from traditional silver (amalgam) fillings because they are tooth-colored and blend in with your natural teeth, whereas silver (amalgam) fillings are silver-colored and more noticeable. White fillings also require less tooth structure removal than silver (amalgam) fillings.

The process of placing a white filling typically involves removing the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, cleaning the area, and filling the cavity with the composite resin material. The material is then hardened using a special light and shaped to match your natural tooth.

White fillings can last anywhere from 3 to 5+ years or longer, depending on factors such as the size and location of the filling and how well you care for it.

You may experience some discomfort or sensitivity during the white filling procedure, but your dentist can numb the area with local anesthesia to minimize any pain.

You can care for your white filling by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard and sticky foods, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

Yes, white fillings can be replaced if they become damaged or worn down over time. Your dentist can remove the old filling and replace it with a new one.

Dental insurance may cover the cost of a white filling, but the amount and type of coverage vary depending on the insurance plan. It's best to check with your insurance provider to confirm your coverage.

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Composite fillings are not ideal for all restorations of the back teeth in case you have a large cavity, a large portion of tooth missing or a very heavy bite. fillings may not have enough strength and this can lead to fracture of the filling or the tooth. In that case the alternative of a crown may need to be considered as a better long term option. 

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