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Did You Know You Can have Amalgam-Free Tooth Coloured Fillings?

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Are you looking for an aesthetically pleasing alternative to amalgam fillings or are you keen to replace old fillings with discreet, tooth-coloured restorations? If so, did you know that we provide natural looking, harmless fillings in the heart of Liverpool. Now, everyone can have amalgam-free fillings, so call us today if you need new or replacement fillings!

About amalgam-free fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings are also known as invisible or white fillings. In the past, mercury amalgam was used to fill cavities in the teeth, but today, we prefer to use tooth-coloured materials, which are completely safe and better for the environment. If you have old amalgam fillings or you need a new filling, we can offer white fillings that are indistinguishable when you smile.

White fillings are made from resins and dental composite. Composite is available in a range of tooth-coloured shades and your dentist will select the closest match to your natural tooth colour to make sure that the filling looks as natural as possible. Once the filling has been placed, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the filling and the rest of the tooth.

What happens when you have a filling?

If you have a cavity, a hole, in your tooth, your dentist may recommend having a filling. Fillings help to strengthen the teeth and they also reduce the risk of bacteria spreading. Before the cavity is filled with dental composite, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly and bonding agent will be applied to facilitate adhesion. The filling material will then be placed inside the cavity and shaped to fit the hole perfectly. Your dentist will then shine a light onto the composite, setting it firm. When the filling is hard, your dentist will make any final adjustments and you’ll be able to head home with a healthy tooth. Fillings are placed under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain at all.

If you’d like to learn more about white fillings, call us today and book an appointment.

White Fillings Not Only Look Nicer But Are Better For Your Teeth Than Amalgam

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

If you’ve got a cavity in your tooth, you may be weighing up your options. There are two main choices when it comes to filling the teeth: amalgam fillings or white fillings. In the past, most people opted for amalgam fillings because white fillings weren’t widely available, and the materials weren’t strong enough for the back teeth. Today, white fillings are much more popular. If you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing solution, which is also better for your teeth, we recommend white fillings every time.

What is the difference between white and amalgam fillings?

The main difference between white fillings and amalgam fillings is the material used to fill the cavity. White fillings are made from dental composite combined with resins and glass ionomers. Amalgam fillings are made from mercury amalgam. White fillings, as you can probably guess, are white in colour while mercury fillings are silver. The actual shade of your white filling will be chosen to match your natural tooth colour as closely as possible; there are many different shades of composite, so our dentists can achieve a very close match.

Many people prefer to have a filling that isn’t visible when they speak or smile, but some are also concerned about the safety of mercury amalgam fillings. White fillings are better for the environment, and your health. Although amalgam fillings are approved for use in the UK, they have been banned in other countries.

Why would I need a filling?

Fillings are used to fill cavities, holes in the teeth. If you have a cavity, there’s a risk of harmful bacteria reaching other parts of the tooth. Placing a filling reduces this risk, and helps to keep your tooth strong and healthy.

If you have questions about white filings or you’re interested in having old amalgam fillings replaced with white fillings, call us today!

The Wonder of White Fillings

Monday, October 10th, 2016

White or tooth-coloured fillings fulfill all of the important functions of regular fillings, but with the added cosmetic advantage of blending in with the rest of your teeth to keep your smile looking bright and natural.

About white fillings

The fillings are virtually indistinguishable from regular teeth and do not blacken over time. In addition to the aesthetic benefits, white fillings are also safer than traditional silver amalgam fillings. This is due to the materials used in each method. White fillings are made from composite resin, a reliable material also implemented in other cosmetic dental procedures, such as tooth bonding and certain dental bridges. White fillings are also durable and stronger than traditional fillings.

Why not silver fillings?

The silver amalgam fillings that have often been used have raised concerns in recent times. The mercury within the silver fillings does not damage the mouth immediately, but there is a small risk of mercury leakage over time, which can spread in small amounts throughout the body. At the moment there is wide debate over the effects this produces and the wisdom of using mercury in dentistry. Older fillings are especially likely to contain mercury. Talk to your dentist for information about the substances used in making your fillings.

Replacing old fillings

Many people from Bristol hear about tooth coloured-fillings for the first time when they need treatment for a new cavity, and this can prompt them to ask their dentist to remove and replace their old silver fillings. Doing so leads to a more symmetrical and attractive smile, untarnished by flecks of metal. The procedure is simple and can often be performed in conjunction with the placing of a new white filling. Broken or cracked fillings can also be replaced.

How long do white fillings last for?

White fillings are very durable, lasting on average between 6 and 12 years. As always this depends on your individual oral hygiene. People who keep their teeth and mouth healthy can make their fillings last even longer.

Composite Fillings to Keep Your Smile White

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Fillings are sometimes a necessary evil, but many of us worry about how they look. You might be glad to know that fillings don’t have to be silver; you can actually have a discreet white one to get your tooth strong and keep your pearly whites, well, white!

What are composite fillings?

So you might be used to those silver amalgam fillings that look so obvious when you smile. They are very strong and do their job, but sadly they’re not hard to spot and many people don’t like the way they look.

Composite fillings work in exactly the same way, but are invisible. They’re made from dental composite and resins in a much cleaner white colour. Your dentist will even be able to match the shade of your filling to your natural tooth colour, so it won’t stand out at all.

The filling procedure

White fillings are meant to make decayed or damaged teeth strong again, without hurting your appearance. Before your filling, the dentist will numb the area with anaesthetic. Then they’ll chuck out any decayed tissue and scrub your tooth clean. Next, they’ll layer the composite filling to seal the cavity.

Once that’s all in place, your dentist will shine a special light onto your tooth to set the filling hard. It won’t take longer than 10 seconds, but you’ll have to protect your peepers with eye goggles. And that’s it – job done! You’ll be able to eat and drink straight away, so you don’t even need to worry about downtime.

The Brilliant Benefits of White Fillings

Monday, June 6th, 2016

White fillings are an aesthetically-pleasing and healthier option for filling tooth cavities, replacing traditional metal amalgam fillings. At Liverpool Dental Spa we recommend white fillings to our patients who need this treatment for the following reasons:

White fillings look and feel like natural teeth

White fillings may consist of porcelain ceramics or white dental composite, filling teeth cavities or cracks so that the difference between the filling and natural tooth is barely noticeable. Nowadays, white fillings are chosen because they are aesthetically fine and maintain a beautiful, natural-looking smile. The surfaces of fillings are made smooth and polished to look and feel good.

White filling material is safer for health and environment

The white porcelain ceramics or dental composite resin is a healthier and more environmentally-friendly option than amalgam fillings, which historically contained toxicity-producing mercury. White fillings are made through special processes for effective dental function and durability.

White fillings effectively restore teeth

Teeth that have cavities or are chipped or broken, may be filled with a white filling to strengthen tooth structure, preventing infection and tooth decay. White fillings may be used as tooth restorations for dental inlays, tooth caps and crowns. The type of white filling may differ depending on if the filling is in the front or back teeth.

Dental composite can be used to mask tooth discolouration

Stained and discoloured teeth may be masked with dental veneers made of dental composite or porcelain for beautiful white-looking teeth. Existing teeth may be whitened with teeth whitening but not dental restorations.

White fillings may be combined with other dental treatments

Some people have partial missing teeth and their own existing teeth. White fillings make teeth look natural and fit in well with other dental devices such as partial dentures and bridges. For more information on white filling treatment, please contact the team at Liverpool Dental Spa.

Discreet Fillings for Cavities in Liverpool

Friday, April 8th, 2016

At Liverpool Dental Spa we offer aesthetically pleasing white fillings for new or old cavities. We can fit new fillings or replace old metal amalgam fillings.

About white fillings

White fillings are used to strengthen the teeth when there is a cavity. Cavities weaken the tooth and there is a risk of further infection, which may eventually result in the need for more intensive treatment and the formation of dental abscesses.

White fillings are so-called because they are designed to blend with the natural whiteness of the teeth so that they are undetectable when you smile. They are made from composite, resin and porcelain. They strengthen the teeth without impacting on the aesthetic and this makes them a very popular choice for patients.

Filling procedure

It is very common to need a filling and the filling procedure is nothing to worry about. In most cases, treatment is complete within an hour and we use local anaesthetic to numb the affected tooth before we treat it.

Before a filling is placed, the tooth is prepared. This involves removing the decayed tissue from the cavity and then cleaning the hole. The cavity is lined with resin, which enables the composite to bond. The composite material is poured into the cavity and then your dentist will set it by shining a bright light on the composite. This does not take long and it is no painful. Once the composite has hardened, it is trimmed to fit and the procedure is then complete.

Benefits of a white filling

The major benefit of white fillings over metal fillings is that they look much nicer, however they are also more environmentally friendly and safer than metal fillings.

The Many Benefits of White Fillings

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Some things are best when they aren’t noticed and contribute to the whole without taking the spotlight. This can be quite literally true of lighting, of percussion in a music track or of make up: They contribute to an effect, one which their being recognised might shatter. White fillings follow this logic. Amalgam fillings, alas, do not. Both types of filling do prevent plaque from attacking the pulp housed in the tooth, but only one makes it look like you haven’t got a filling at all.

The trouble with those amalgam fillings

Sadly, metal amalgam fillings don’t just stand out from their pearly white brethren, they may also be marginally toxic. The amalgam used in producing these fillings contains mercury, a very toxic substance, and scientists do concur that the presence of mercury in such fillings may leak mercury into one’s mouth. Typically, the exact effect of mercury on the mouth is up for debate: Some scientists claim the small amount of mercury is enough to pose a health risk, other scientists do not.  If you’d prefer to bypass said debate entirely, you could, however, just opt for the white resin fillings…

A little too conspicuous

The dark tone of amalgam fillings is but a few shades removed from the very effects of decay they respond to. Yes, they protect your teeth from further damage, but they also serve as a souvenir of said erosion.  With white fillings, you’ll probably forget you ever had work done in the first place.

The importance of fillings

The erosion of your tooth enamel results from plaque acids and bacteria attacking your teeth. If the bacteria manages to make it to your inner tooth pulp, your tooth can become infected and may need to be removed. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to prevent this, but it is imperative that, if your enamel is bypassed, you get a filling. A filling will provide ample protection and will prevent you requiring further costly treatments (such as a root canal) or losing the tooth entirely.

Contact us

Call us at Liverpool Implants and Aesthetics Dental Spa if a white filling sounds like something you’d be interested in. We hope to hear from you soon!

The Advantages of White Fillings

Friday, November 20th, 2015

A filling is a restorative material that a dentist uses to return function to a decayed or otherwise broken tooth. These fillings come in all different types and colours, from flashy gold fillings to the more traditionally used amalgam fillings (containing silver, zinc, mercury  and copper). Despite having a long life advantage (up to 7 years), these have the great disadvantage of being noticeable.  This is where composite fillings have their advantages.

What are composite fillings?

A composite filling isn’t made up from an amalgam of metals and is rather made up from a mixture of both plastic and glass. They are known as ‘white fillings’ because they are tooth-coloured and blend into your smile perfectly in stark contrast to the fillings we mentioned earlier.

The advantages of white fillings

The main advantage to having white fillings is their chameleon-like ability to camouflage themselves in with the rest of the tooth and remain very much unnoticeable. This is because the dentist can blend shades until the composite resin is nearly identical.

With white fillings only a fraction of the healthy tooth has to be removed before applying the composite, whereas in applying other fillings, a large chunk of healthy tooth often has to be removed for the filling to fit.  Also the bonding can be done so effectively that your teeth are often stronger than they ever were before. You can also use the tooth immediately after the composite has been set, allowing your teeth to function as soon as the procedure has been completed.

Contact our team for more information on white fillings.

Advantages and Disadvantages of White Fillings

Monday, August 24th, 2015

White fillings are becoming increasingly popular, but are they better than amalgam fillings and should you get your old fillings replaced with them?

The pros and cons of white fillings

White fillings are used to treat tooth decay. They are placed inside cavities (holes in the outer layer of the tooth) to stem the spread of infection and strengthen the tooth. White fillings are so called because they are made from a white material called dental composite, which is combined with resins. We are happy to fit new or replacement fillings and can remove old metal fillings and swap them for discreet white fillings. We also provide white fillings as part of a smile makeover for those planning a brand new look.

The advantages of white fillings

White fillings offer a number of advantages, including:

  • Natural looking aesthetics: white fillings protect the teeth without detracting from the natural tooth aesthetic. When the filling is in place, you won’t be able to notice it.
  • Safety: white fillings are made from safe materials that pose no risk to human health. Many people have concerns about using mercury in the body, which is why white fillings are often used in place of amalgam fillings.
  • Environmental friendliness: white fillings are more environmentally friendly than mercury amalgam fillings.
  • A simple treatment process: This procedure can be completed in just an hour.
  • Comfortable treatment: Your filling will be placed under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel a thing.

The disadvantages of white fillings

The only real disadvantage of white fillings in comparison to mercury fillings is the strength of the filling. Metals are more hard-wearing and durable than white fillings. However, materials are advancing all the time and a white filling should last for around 5 years. Mercury fillings tend to last longer, with an average lifespan of 10-15 years.

If you would like to find out about new or replacement white fillings, call us today.

The Difference Between Amalgam and White Fillings

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Today, white fillings are very common, but in years gone by, the main treatment options for cavities was mercury amalgam fillings. At Liverpool Dental Spa, we offer a replacement filling service for metal fillings in addition to offering new white fillings. If you’d like to replace an old mercury filling or you have a cavity in need of filling, call today and book your appointment.

What is the difference between white and amalgam fillings?

Mercury amalgam used to be the filling material of choice before advances in technology made it possible to create aesthetically-pleasing, safe modern materials. Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, including mercury, and they are used to fill cavities and treat decay. Today, mercury amalgam fillings are much less popular than they used to be and many people choose to have white fillings. Although mercury amalgam filling are still approved for use in the UK, some people have concerns about the safety of using mercury.

White fillings are made from dental composite and resins and they offer a discreet, safe and environmentally friendly alternative to metal fillings. Dental composite is a versatile dental material that is soft at room temperature and hardens when exposed to light. It comes in a range of shades to match the natural colour of the tooth. With white fillings, you can’t tell the difference between the tooth and the filling and this means that you can enjoy restorative benefits without any negative impact on the aesthetic of your smile. Your Liverpool Dental Spa dentist will select the closest shade match to your tooth and within an hour, treatment will be complete.

Why would I need a filling?

Fillings are used to treat cavities. These are holes that form in the tooth surface. When the enamel has been penetrated, there is a risk of infection spreading through the tooth and a filling helps to prevent this from happening. Your tooth will also feel stronger once it has been filled. We recommend white fillings because they look natural and they are made from safe, durable materials. If you have old filings, we will be happy to replace them with new fillings. Simply call us or visit the website to make an online enquiry.


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