At Thames Dental & Facial Care we provide mercury free dentistry where at all possible and we are happy to replace any amalgam fillings with tooth coloured composite restorations. White fillings are state of the art restorations which we use to treat front or back teeth with. They come in a range of shades to match your natural tooth colour and they are now the most popular choice of filling material due to their natural look.
Advantages: White fillings bond the tooth structure together which helps in cases where the tooth is significantly broken down. They can therefore be used to prevent fracture of filled teeth as opposed to amalgam which can cause fracture of heavily filled teeth.
Can I replace my old amalgam fillings with composite? Yes, the treatment can be finished in one session and it can transform your smile in a very simple and conservative way.
Do white fillings become old with time? Composite fillings pick up stains with time so it is very simple and advisable to review and polish them during your check-up appointments. They also wear with time and you may find that after five to seven years they may require replacement.