White Fillings in Westfield, London
Restore decay and keep your beautiful white smile
White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are dental restorations used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracks, or fractures. Unlike traditional silver amalgam fillings, white fillings are made from a composite resin material that matches the colour of your teeth, offering a discreet and natural-looking solution. These fillings are highly durable and versatile, making them an excellent choice for both front and back teeth.
Why Choose White Fillings?
Choosing white fillings offers several advantages that make them a popular choice for dental restorations:
- Aesthetic Appeal: White fillings are made of a composite resin material that can be precisely colour-matched to your natural teeth. This means they blend seamlessly with your smile, making them virtually indistinguishable from your real teeth. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, which can be quite noticeable when you talk or laugh, white fillings offer a discreet and natural appearance.
- Conservative Treatment: White fillings require the removal of less healthy tooth structure compared to some other filling materials. Dentists can bond composite resin directly to the tooth, allowing for a more conservative restoration. This means you can preserve more of your natural tooth structure.
- Versatility: Composite resin can be used to fill cavities, repair chipped or cracked teeth, and even reshape teeth for cosmetic purposes. Its versatility makes it a valuable option for a wide range of dental concerns.
- Strength and Durability: Modern composite materials are strong and durable, making them suitable for both front and back teeth. They can withstand the forces of biting and chewing and have a long lifespan when cared for properly.
- Biocompatibility: White fillings are free of mercury and other metals found in amalgam fillings. This makes them an excellent choice for individuals with metal sensitivities or allergies.
- Minimal Sensitivity: Unlike some other materials, composite fillings tend to cause less post-operative sensitivity. Patients often experience less discomfort after getting white fillings.
- Easy Reparability: In the event of damage or wear over time, white fillings can be easily repaired or replaced without having to remove the entire filling. This is not always the case with other types of fillings.
- Conservation of Tooth Structure: Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, strengthening it and helping to prevent further decay. This conservative approach is beneficial for long-term dental health.
- Reduced Risk of Fracture: White fillings are less likely to cause tooth fractures, which can sometimes occur with amalgam fillings due to their expansion and contraction properties.
- Safe and Non-Toxic: Composite resin fillings are considered safe and non-toxic. They do not release any harmful substances into the body, providing peace of mind for patients concerned about their health.
The White Filling Procedure
The white filling procedure, also known as a composite filling, is a common dental treatment used to restore teeth affected by decay, damage, or cavities. Here’s a step-by-step overview of what you can expect during a white filling procedure:
- Consultation: The process typically begins with a consultation with your dentist. During this appointment, our dentist will examine your teeth and determine if a filling is necessary. X-rays may be taken to assess the extent of the decay or damage.
- Anaesthesia: Before starting the procedure, our dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area. This ensures you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment.
- Tooth Preparation: Once the tooth is numb, our dentist will use a dental drill or laser to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. The tooth is shaped to create a clean, healthy surface for the filling material.
- Shade Matching: Our dentist will then select a composite resin material that closely matches the natural colour of your teeth. This step is crucial for achieving a seamless and natural appearance.
- Bonding Agent Application: Before placing the composite material, a bonding agent is applied to the prepared tooth. This bonding agent helps the composite resin adhere securely to the tooth.
- Layered Application: The composite resin is applied in thin layers to the prepared tooth. Each layer is carefully cured (hardened) using a special dental light. This process is repeated until the tooth is fully restored.
- Shaping and Sculpting: Once all the layers are in place, our dentist will shape and sculpt the filling to ensure it matches the natural contours of the tooth and your bite. This step requires precision and attention to detail to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing result.
- Polishing: After the filling is shaped, it’s polished to a smooth finish. This not only enhances its appearance but also reduces the risk of staining and improves its longevity.
- Bite Check: Our dentist will check your bite to ensure that it aligns correctly with the adjacent teeth. Adjustments may be made to achieve the proper bite alignment.
- Final Evaluation: Our dentist will conduct a final evaluation to ensure the filling is secure, well-fitted, and aesthetically pleasing. Any necessary finishing touches are made at this stage.
- Post-Treatment Care: After the procedure is complete, you may experience some numbness in the treated area. This numbness will wear off as the local anaesthetic wears off. You can resume your regular eating and oral hygiene habits shortly after the procedure.
White Fillings vs. Traditional Silver Fillings
When it comes to dental fillings, patients often face a choice between white fillings (also known as composite fillings) and traditional silver fillings (amalgam fillings). Both options serve the crucial purpose of restoring teeth affected by decay or damage, but they have distinct differences:
Traditional Silver Fillings
|Known for their natural appearance. Crafted from a tooth-coloured composite resin that matches the natural teeth.
|Silver-grey in colour. Conspicuous when speaking or laughing.
|Composed of a composite resin material that bonds directly to the tooth structure.
|Made from a mixture of metals, including silver, tin, mercury, and copper.
|Removal of Tooth Structure
|Requires less removal of healthy tooth structure, especially for smaller cavities.
|May necessitate more extensive removal of healthy tooth material to accommodate the filling.
|Patients often experience less post-treatment sensitivity due to lower temperature conduction.
|Can transmit temperature changes more effectively, potentially leading to increased sensitivity.
|Expansion and Contraction
|Less prone to expansion and contraction due to temperature changes, promoting stability.
|Can expand and contract with temperature fluctuations, potentially causing stress on the tooth structure.
|Considered biocompatible and contain no mercury.
|Contain mercury, raising questions about potential health risks, although numerous studies support their safety.
The Cost of White Fillings
The cost of white fillings can vary depending on factors such as the size of the filling, the location of the tooth, and the complexity of the procedure. At DS Dental Studio, we offer competitive pricing, starting from £95. Our dentist will provide you with a detailed cost estimate during your consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose DS Dental Studio for your White Fillings?
Opting for DS Dental Studio for your white fillings guarantees expert care and precision from an experienced dental team. Our personalised approach ensures tailored treatments matching your unique dental needs and natural tooth shade. We utilise high-quality composite resin materials for both aesthetics and durability, minimising discomfort during and after the procedure. Our patient-centric care, comprehensive services, and commitment to your well-being make DS Dental Studio the ideal choice for enhancing your smile and overall dental health, all under one trusted roof.
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We are conveniently located at 📍Unit 201a, Westfield, Ariel Way, London W12 7GA📍Reaching us is straightforward. You’ll find us along Wood Lane, on the outside aspect of Westfield London at Street Level. We are halfway between Shepherds Bush Market and Wood Lane tube stations.
DS Dental Studio is minutes away from four tube stations:
- Wood Lane (Hammersmith & City Line and Circle Line)
- Shepherds Bush Market (Hammersmith & City Line and Circle Line)
- White City (Central Line)
- Shepherds Bush (Central Line)
Shepherds Bush Station is a short walk from DS Dental Studio. Served by London Overground, and Southern with convenient connections at Clapham Junction for journeys from further afield.
Easy parking availability at Westfield London Car Park, on Ariel Way. We are easily signposted from the A40, and if you are using a Sat Nav, use the postcode W12 7SL. Free parking is available for blue badge holders in the middle level car park.
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