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Composite Fillings

An aesthetically pleasing and effective treatment

Today, our teeth are healthier and stronger than ever before, thanks to regular dental check ups, a better knowledge of good and bad foods and a wide range of dental products available.

However, most people will need a filling at some point in their lives.

In fact, over 8 million fillings are placed each year in the UK, making it one of the most common dental procedures.

Why do I need a filling?

You could need a filling for a number of reasons. Most often, it is because of decay in the tooth which causes a cavity, however excessive biting of fingernails or grinding of the teeth can cause wear. Teeth can also be damaged by hard food items or by biting on hard objects, which could cause them to need a filling.

Do you offer composite fillings?

Yes! We do offer composite fillings, and many patients much prefer these for their natural and aesthetic appearance. An alternative to amalgam fillings, composite blends seamlessly with your natural tooth shape and colour, and amalgam fillings can sometimes be changed to composite too! However, sometimes the dentist may recommend you have an amalgam filling instead of composite, as amalgam is a stronger material. The dentist can discuss the varying, more suitable options available to you at an examination.

What are the benefits of composite fillings?

  • A natural looking solution
  • Bonds to the tooth, increasing its strength
  • Less of the natural tooth needs to be removed
  • A less invasive and more cost-effective alternative to a crown
  • Can be used on a severely damaged tooth which may not otherwise support a silver amalgam filling
  • Can be easily repaired if it becomes damaged
  • Completely free from mercury
  • Long lasting and durable

Frequently asked questions

  • How long do composite fillings last?

    Although not as long-lasting as amalgam fillings, composite fillings are strong and durable, and can last around 7-10 years before needing to be replaced. More and more patients are now choosing composite fillings for their aesthetic qualities.

  • Can I eat straight away after having a composite filling?

    Composite is hardened immediately with a special UV light after being placed in your tooth, meaning you are able to eat and drink directly after the procedure. If your dentist has used local anaesthetic to make you more comfortable during treatment, you may need to be careful when eating for the first few hours, until the numb feeling wears off.

  • Can composite fillings be repaired?

    It is possible to repair composite fillings. As the composite bonds to itself as well as tooth enamel and dentine, small areas of damage to the filling can be restored. In some cases, it may be preferable to remove the existing composite material and replace the filling rather than repair it. However, composite is easy to place and this is not a long procedure.

  • Are composite fillings better than amalgam?

    Composite fillings hold many cosmetic benefits. They are virtually invisible and blend seamlessly into your smile. They also are completely free from any metals, including mercury. However, amalgam fillings are longer lasting and strong, particularly in the back teeth. Your dentist will be able to help you decide which option will be the best for you.

  • Do composite fillings look completely natural?

    Yes, composite can be colour matched to the shade of your natural teeth so it blends seamlessly into your smile. The composite is bonded directly to your tooth and is virtually invisible once in place.

  • Do composite fillings last as long as amalgam?

    Composite fillings may not last as long as amalgam, but are superior in their cosmetic qualities. Composite is strong and durable, and can be expected to last around 7-10 years before needing to be replaced. Amalgam fillings can last many years but are much more visible in the mouth, especially when talking or laughing.

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Aesthetique Dental Care 21 Wharf Street, The Calls Leeds West Yorkshire LS2 7EQ

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