White (Composite) Fillings

Advances in modern dental materials and techniques increasingly offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural looking smiles. Researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing aesthetically attractive materials, such as ceramic and plastic compounds to give white fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

A composite filling usually requires only one visit, during which the tooth is prepared and restored. An advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to composite materials’ ability to bond to teeth adhesively.

Things to know

Composite white fillings - brfore and afterWhite fillings are preferable for obvious cosmetic reasons, but if the decayed area is large or is subject to heavy chewing pressure, your dentist may recommend another type of material such as porcelain or gold.

Some people may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in the newly filled tooth for a few days or as long as a week. If the sensitivity continues beyond that time, contact your dentist.

Other types of white fillings include composite inlays and porcelain inlays and onlays.  Inlays and onlays are used to restore teeth that are badly damaged by decay or wear. They may be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth when aesthetics are of concern.

The materials we use and biocompatibility

The composite materials we use at Lotus Dental are Herculite, Gradia, Z250, Estelite Quick, Premise, Tetric and Gaenial.

Biocompatible testing. We can also refer you for biocompatible testing if you are particularly sensitive and would like to be reassured of no adverse reaction.