In the past, patients were restricted to having silver amalgam metal fillings. Although very durable these fillings are highly visible and aesthetically undesirable. Many people are more conscious about the way they look, and so they don’t want silver fillings that show when they laugh or smile.
White tooth coloured fillings are a great alternative designed to blend in with your natural tooth shade. White fillings are generally recommended for patients with small cavities and those in need of an aesthetically pleasing alternative to silver amalgam fillings. For larger cavities, inlays or onlays may be recommended but your dentist will discuss alternate treatment options if a white filling is found to be unsuitable.
In the past, these white composite fillings were considered less long-lasting than silver amalgam fillings. But there are now new materials available that are comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. They are strong and durable and make for a very natural looking smile.