Dark fillings have long been the industry standard, but new composite materials are now just as strong and just as effective. You can now replace your dark fillings with discreet, tooth-coloured composite.
White fillings are an alternative to metal amalgam fillings. They are more discreet, blend in with the surrounding tooth, and require less tooth surface preparation. Patients often prefer composite fillings as they are hidden and don’t increase tooth sensitivity. Dark fillings can make teeth more sensitive to hot and cold as the material can shrink and expand in the tooth.
White fillings were once considered inferior to amalgam fillings as the material wasn’t as strong, particularly for restorations on the rear teeth. New composite materials mean that they are now comparable to silver amalgam. The life span of the repair will depend on factors such as placement and the force of your bite.
If you feel self-conscious about your silver amalgam fillings, it is possible to replace them with a tooth-coloured composite. Your dentist can advise if you are a suitable candidate for filling replacements. If you have had your fillings for a long time, regular checkups will help your dentist monitor the condition and replace them if they show signs of wear.