At Toorak Fine Dentistry, we no longer use Amalgam or “silver”fillings. If you need a white composite filling, Toorak Fine Dentistry can provide the assistance you need. All our fillings are completed with white filling material using either a Glass Ionomer Cement or Resin Composite. These materials are strong and durable and bonded to the remaining tooth structure. A white tooth filling can be made to look completely natural, meaning you can laugh and smile with confidence.
Can I get a white filling for receding gums?
A white filling for receding gums and damaged teeth is a treatment that’s designed to restore and protect teeth that have been affected by gum recession, decay and sensitivity. Our dentists may recommend placing a white filling over the area of the tooth root that has been exposed by receding gums. We will also discuss with you possible ways to prevent your gums from receding further.
Can I get teeth whitening with fillings?
Teeth whitening with fillings may be suitable if you have old fillings that have stained and discoloured over time. By placing new white fillings, this can improve the appearance of your smile by whitening the colour of teeth. Our dentists will check your teeth thoroughly and where suitable remove any tooth decay found before placing a new white filling.
Can My Silver Fillings be Removed and Replaced with White Tooth Fillings?
At Toorak Fine Dentistry, we don’t use amalgam silver fillings. Instead, we use white tooth fillings made from either a glass ionomer cement or resin composite. These materials are strong and durable and are bonded to the remaining tooth structure.
When applicable, our dentist can remove silver amalgam fillings and replace them with a white filling that is much more aesthetic. Sometimes, when a tooth has a very big amalgam filling, removing it can weaken the tooth, resulting in little of the natural tooth remaining. When this occurs, our dentists might recommend not replacing the amalgam filling with a white composite filling, but instead removing the amalgam filling and reinforcing the tooth with a porcelain crown in its place.
How Long Does this Procedure Take?
Only one appointment is usually required to receive a white filling for receding gums or damaged or decayed teeth. The duration of the procedure will depend on how much tooth decay there is, how difficult it is to access the areas that have to be filled and the type of filling material used. The whole process, including preparation, usually takes about 20 minutes to an hour to complete.
Does this Procedure Hurt?
Our dentists will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth in order to prevent the patient from experiencing any pain during the procedure. Numbing gel is placed on the gum in order to numb the area before any anaesthetic is injected into the gum near the tooth. The patient may feel a small prick or pinch when this happens.
If you have any further questions regarding the different types of white tooth filling materials available, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them. Call our staff today on (03) 9826 1725 or submit an online enquiry.
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