Treatments/ White fillings
I have lovely beautiful white teeth again.
In the past grey-coloured amalgam fillings were often used. This grey colour shines through the white tooth material and gives it a dark appearance. The way this fillings are attached to the teeth is strictly mechanical; an undercut in the tooth is prepared to keep the filling in its place. This method of preparation also weakens the tooth, by taking away quite a lot of healthy tooth-structure.
This makes the tooth prone to fracture.
Nowadays (white!) fillings are made of a composite resin. The advantage is that far less of the healthy tooth structure has to be removed in preparation for the white filling. The composite is bonded into the tooth and keeps the tooth together. The composite reinforces the tooth. These fillings are hard to distinguish from the natural teeth.
When a composite filling is made, the material sets under UV-light. This only takes a few seconds and after this the tooth is ready to be used!
Often, it is desirable, when applying white fillings, to freshen up the original colour of the teeth with a Brite-Smile treatment, which enables us to choose a beatiful fresh colour for the new fillings.