White fillings

White fillings

White tooth-coloured fillings

When decay or cavity develops in your tooth, many solutions help restore its function, comfort and strength, as well as protect the tooth from further damage.

natural-looking fillings

A filling, as the name suggests, is a procedure whereby one of our dental specialists will ‘fill’ an area of a tooth where a cavity has been removed using tooth-coloured material.

If you have a decayed tooth, then a filling will restore the shape and function of the tooth and prevent further decay. How we craft natural fillings.

They are also used to repair and restore cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down by grinding.

benefits of white fillings:

Aside from the aesthetic benefits, there are a number of benefits to having a white filling fitted:

  • The composite material is bonded to your teeth helping to restore original strength and function
  • White fillings match the shade of the teeth
  • Do not affect your teeth’s sensitivity
  • Completely risk-free
  • Smaller hole, less filing is needed to make white fillings fit
  • Non-invasive and painless procedure
  • Can be fitted in one appointment
  • Not prone to thermal expansion and contraction (like amalgam fillings)
  • Durable and can last a very long time with the correct care

White Fillings: Process and procedure

In order to assess the condition of the teeth, your dentist will use a small mirror to assess the surface of the teeth.

They will also prod the teeth gentle to check whether any abnormal areas feel sensitive or ‘sticky’.

Any of these areas will be closely examined through an X-ray.

Our team of dental specialists will then assess the most suitable treatment depending on the extent of the damage or cavity.

4 steps

  1. Local anaesthetic: The first step of the filling placement appointment is a local anaesthetic. It is important to us that your dental treatment at The Perfect Smile is as pain-free and comfortable as possible. Your dentist will gently inject a local anaesthetic into your gum to numb the area that will be treated. In order to allow for this to take full effect, you will usually have to wait a little while – around 30 minutes.
  2. Removal of the tooth’s cavity: As well as holes in the tooth’s surface, you may also have small areas that are beginning to decay around it too. This is all removed using a small drill before your filling can be placed. You will not feel any pain, just a buzzing sensation and some pressure.
  3. Placement of the filling: Once the decayed area has been removed, the dentist will place the filling. Once in place and bonded using a light, one of our oral specialists will apply a resin for an extra stronghold. You may also have your tooth polished for a final touch, and to make the treatment seamlessly natural looking.
  4. After the procedure: You may feel a very slight toothache once your anaesthetic wears off, which is easily remedied with over-the-counter painkillers if needed. This is an easy and pain-free procedure that not only leaves your tooth looking perfect, but restores strength, chew and bite functions.

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how long do white fillings last?

A white filling will last between 8-12 years because it is strong and durable.

Their long-lasting durability makes them an incredibly successful and effective treatment for tooth cavities.


White fillings for the back teeth are available privately for anywhere between £90 and £290.

Prices will vary depending on the type of tooth that needs filling and the extent of the damage.

We believe that all dental treatments – general and cosmetic – should be accessible and affordable for all of our patients, which is why we have several simple payment plans to help you.

Types of fillings

types of fillings we offer

Traditional fillings are often made from various metals, such as gold, silver and amalgam fillings.

However, with an increasing opinion that metallic coloured fillings are unsightly and unsubtle, more people are opting for ceramic white fillings.

How long does a filling take?

white fillings

White fillings on the front teeth are barely noticeable.

Tooth-coloured composite fillings are made from a mix of acrylic resin and powdered glass in order to match the colour of the existing teeth.

This allows the filling to merge seamlessly with the teeth, especially when it is in a more obvious location towards the front of the mouth.

Its aesthetic appeal makes white fillings a go-to choice for many of our patients.

The composite material is applied in layers and hardened with a special light before being polished and filed accordingly to match the shape of the tooth and prevent stains.

This bonding procedure allows for the tooth to be supported and restores 90% of its original strength.

As well as being used for fillings, this composite material can also fix cracked, broken, crooked, worn or chipped teeth.

Our tooth coloured filling prices begin from £150 and are great value for money.

Silver, Gold and Porcelain Fillings

amalgam (silver) fillings

Amalgam fillings are very durable and can typically last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, and restore the biting and chewing functions of the teeth.

They are cheaper than tooth-coloured fillings, but they are a distinctive metallic colour, which many patients consider to be too obvious and off-putting.

They are mostly used for back teeth because of this.

cast gold fillings

Gold fillings are made to order, and rather than a liquid material that is bonded and shaped in the tooth, they are made before placement and then cemented in place.

The gums, teeth and mouth react well to gold and can last a very long time with the correct care.

While white and amalgam fillings can be placed within a single visit, gold fillings require multiple visits to the dentist.

Gold fillings cost up to 10 times higher than ceramic white fillings. Like amalgam fillings, their metallic colour is considered unsightly by many patients who are already insecure about their smile.

porcelain fillings

These are called inlays and onlays, and are bonded to your damaged teeth.

Much like white fillings, they are tooth-coloured, allowing for a subtle restoration of your smile.

A porcelain filling covers most of the tooth. It is often used on front teeth for a brighter and whiter smile.

Learn more about filling materials here.

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