What Are White Fillings
that are BPA Free
For us, white fillings such as composites, are a very good alternative to amalgam fillings because they restore the natural appearance of the tooth, making your teeth look like they’ve had no dental work done at all. And the ones we use are good for the body because they are BPA free. They are also hard wearing and durable because as the white composite material bonds to the dentine, it restores most of its strength too.
We have been using these bpa free white fillings for many years. They are very safe composite fillings.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite white fillings will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Benefits of White Fillings
White fillings on back teeth are increasingly the preferred choice for patients and dentist alike. Recent advances in the technology of white filling materials, composites and porcelains, have made their performance comparable or superior to that of traditional silver amalgam fillings.
There are many different ways to provide a tooth coloured white fillings. We will always discuss the different options available to you whenever a new filling is required.
White fillings on back teeth fall into two basic categories: – Direct (one visit) and Indirect (two visits), and each have advantages and disadvantages depending upon size, shape and of the filling required. The long term future of the tooth is also taken into consideration.
“I always was looking for a gentle holistic dentist and found one now. Thanks for providing me BPA and Fluoride free fillings. I trust Eternal Smiles as they have done it using the best materials. Feel better and healthier after having those amalgam fillings removed.” Susan
Two Types of Placement Techniques
for White Fillings
Direct – 1 visit
White Composite Filling
After the cavity preparation, the cavity is rebuilt with tooth coloured composite resins which are set using a bright light, and then trimmed and polished to fit your bite and look like a natural tooth. We are able to offer three different options for the placement of a direct white filling which are outlined later in this section. Direct fillings are best suited for small and medium sized cavities.
Indirect – 2 visits Composite/Porcelain Inlay Filling
More suitable for medium/large fillings and where at least one corner of the tooth is missing. The provision of indirect composite or porcelain fillings is a two stage process. The first is cavity preparation, the taking of impressions, and provision of a temporary restoration, and then a second visit to fit the resultant inlay (laboratory made) Composite and porcelain are different materials and have different advantages and disadvantages which we take into account when recommending one material over the other. Indirect fillings cost more than direct fillings, as they require more surgery time and laboratory costs.
What are your dental filling options?
1. Standard Dental Fillings
The majority of white fillings have always been provided in this manner as it is a fairly quick and cost effective method. After cavity preparation, a bonding agent is applied to the tooth and the filling is built up using a bulk fill technique of two, three or four layers of filling material. The resultant filling is then trimmed to shape and polished simultaneously. Fillings provided with this technique have a life span comparable to the average amalgam filling of approx 8 years. However the shrinkage and wear rates are highest with this technique and small surface deterioration can be noted after just a few years, which we then monitor at your dental health checks. The shrinkage and wear increases with the size and shape of the cavity. Time and Technology move forward, we now have methods available to provide stronger, better fitting and better looking fillings and we have the skills to provide them for you.
2 .Superior Dental Fillings
The aim of a superior filling is to give a much stronger filling, with significantly reduced shrinkage and therefore greater resistance to chipping than a standard filling. A filling constructed this way can help to strengthen teeth with weak or cracked enamel walls. We are able to use different systems to aim for the best possible contacts with adjacent teeth. For our superior fillings we restore the tooth using multiple small increments of filling material, each one strategically placed to rebuild the tooth’s internal anatomy, and each one individually set to minimise the shrinkage of the material and the stress placed on the tooth. This may easily involve 10-15 placements compared to 2-3 layers used in a bulk technique and a different setting protocol is used to achieve increased hardness of the material. Once completed and the bite is properly adjusted, additional polishing, glazing and setting are performed to give a harder more durable surface. A superior filling requires approximately twice the time needed to place a comparable standard filling.
3. Bespoke Dental Fillings
This is our gold standard for the placement of tooth coloured composite fillings.
Prior to filling placement the tooth is isolated with a rubber sheet to provide optimum moisture control. Several layers of bonding agent are applied to maximise the strength of the chemical bond into the tooth. The tooth is then rebuilt using multiple increments of material as with the superior filling, or sometimes with a base layer of slow setting composite that doesn’t use the light to set and which has the lowest possible shrinkage.
For that ultimate natural look we can even run characterizing natural look staining into the fissure pattern of the filling.
A bespoke filling takes approximately 15 minutes longer than a superior filling.
Different setting protocols, polishing and glazing techniques can significantly reduce the amount of surface wear suffered by the new filling during normal usage. Our bespoke range of white fillings which are BPA or/and Fluoride free maxime cosmetics, but giving the hardest surface we can with a composite filling.