Exploring The 5 Benefits Of Composite (White) Fillings

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Basildon one of the most popular procedures we carry out is fitting composite (white) fillings. Patients tend to visit us with a view to having this treatment either to bring back their beautiful smile that’s been lost through cavities, or to replace unsightly amalgam (silver coloured) fillings which had been fitted previously. Aside from bringing back a natural looking smile, there are many other benefits that white fillings have over their counterparts.


cosmetic dentistry in BasildonObviously one of the main advantages that composite fillings have is that aesthetically, they already resemble the colour of existing teeth. However technology also allows us to blend colours further to match other natural teeth in your mouth. This gives a seamless look and for non-dentists it can often be hard to tell the difference.

Added support

White fillings add support to teeth weakened by decay and also to crooked teeth. In Basildon at Felmores Dental Care for instance, this means less of the existing tooth needs to be removed in order to prepare the composite filling preserving as much of the original tooth as possible.

Expansion and contraction

Amalgam fillings are far more prone to what’s known as thermal stresses. This is where fillings expand and contract when exposed to hot and cold temperatures. This can of course lead to weakening and cracking. Conversely composite white fillings contain insulating properties which offer far more protection from hot or cold foods.


White composite fillings have come on in leaps and bounds over the past decade or so as initially they weren’t deemed strong enough for back teeth where the regular pressures of grinding and chewing exert much more force. Nowadays however advancements in technology have improved the durability of composites ten fold meaning that they can be placed virtually anywhere in the mouth without fear of cracking.

Versatile in nature

If you have to seek an emergency dentist in Basildon for a chipped or broken tooth then don’t be surprised if a composite white filling is the answer. The versatility of them means that as well as filling cavities, they can also make good worn, fractured or completely broken teeth.

To find out more about how a simple white filling can improve your smile then come and speak to Felmores Dental Care, your caring Basildon dentist. Contact us on 01268 726789 or visit our website at www.felmoresdentalcare.co.uk where you can find a wealth of information.

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