How your dentist can improve the appearance of filled teeth

At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we are proud to use only white composite material for fillings. They are more versatile than traditional metal amalgam fillings, contain no mercury, and can be made to closely match the natural shade of your teeth. If you already have old metal amalgam fillings, your dentist can safely remove them and replace them with either white composite fillings or a range of other alternatives.
A potted history of fillings
dentist-surreyWhen fillings were first invented, metal amalgam was the only material available. Whilst this was both strong and durable, it is also very obvious in the mouth, particularly if used near the front of the mouth. White fillings have been around for many years and, whilst once considered less strong and durable than their metal counterparts, this is no longer the case.
Because of the increased versatility of white filling material, your dentist will have to remove less of your original tooth than with a metal amalgam filling. At our Weybridge dental practice we are passionate about preventative dentistry, and want to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible should you require a filling. White fillings enable your dentist to do this.
The procedure to replace old metal amalgam fillings with white ones is simple, and only needs local anaesthetic. Your dentist will remove the old filling, along with any additional areas of decay, and will choose a shade of filling material closely matched to the natural shade of your tooth.
Alternatives to fillings
At our Weybridge practice we also offer porcelain inlays and onlays, which again your dentist will match to the natural colour of your teeth. Inlays fit into the biting surfaces of teeth and are suitable for smaller cavities, whilst onlays cover a larger area of the tooth and suit bigger cavities.