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The Benefits of White Fillings

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The Benefits of White Fillings

14 May 2019

Such is the advancement in dental technology, our experts at Etwall Dental Practice are capable of treating cavities and tooth decay in a number of ways. A common solution is to offer composite fillings, otherwise known as white fillings. Crafted from high quality powdered glass and acrylic resin, white fillings have gained significant popularity among patients, given their aesthetic and practical advantages.

Should white fillings be a viable option following consultation with our dental experts, plaque, decay and any existing filling will be removed, with the treatment site then cleaned and dried. Positively, white fillings can be directly sculpted onto your teeth, removing only the decayed portion of the tooth. In doing so, they not only cover cavities but also strengthen tooth enamel. As a consequence, biting pressure will be evenly distributed, allowing white fillings to provide an effective protective unit for your teeth.

Formed with a specialist composite resin, much is made about the durability of white fillings. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Other factors include the size of the filling, its location, any existing dental problems as well as the act of grinding or clenching your teeth. Once bonded, white fillings will not change shape and will wear at a similar rate to your teeth. They are known to be more durable when exposed to changing temperatures, especially compared to expanding and contrasting metal fillings. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups will help white fillings stay stronger for longer.

The main advantage of white fillings is that their natural appearance that can be customised to match the exact shade of your teeth, giving you an authentic-looking smile. To ensure long-term satisfaction, we recommended using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, whilst also limiting sugary snacks and soft drinks. Finally, it’s crucial you continue to visit our hygienists at Etwall Dental Practice for regular examinations and cleaning, to ensure the maintenance of your new fillings.

At Etwall Dental Practice, our team will always provide you with advice on the best way to care for your teeth to stop decay developing. As dentists, we feel that prevention is better than cure. If you’re struggling with tooth decay or feel as though tooth restoration can be beneficial for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, you can find practice opening times here, if you wish to pay us a visit to book a consultation.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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