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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

Following the governments most recent announcement on Saturday 31st October 2020 of second national lockdown, we would like to reassure all of our patients that we shall continue to REMAIN OPEN and we endeavour to look after your oral health.

Since our initial opening on 8th June, following the first lockdown, we have implemented strict measures by enhancing our infection control standards to ensure we can continue to practice in a COVID SECURE way for our staff and patients. We now know a lot more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we shall ensure this is revised when any new information is presented so that we can continue to work safely and protect our NHS where possible. As we are a medical facility, all staff will continue to wear PPE and we encourage all patients to adhere to the measures in place on visiting the practice.

We have made it our upmost priority to keep all of our patients and staff safe throughout these challenging times. If you are required to self-isolate or have any Coronavirus symptoms please follow the government guidelines and we would be happy to rearrange your appointment to a suitable alternative.

Can we remind all patients that face masks are mandatory on entering Etwall Dental Practice and your temperature shall be measured by a member of staff at the door.

We hope you and your families stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Etwall Dental Team