White Fillings

  • White fillings blend seamlessly with teeth for a discreet look
  • Less tooth removal compared to traditional amalgam fillings
  • Suitable for front and back teeth, ensuring consistent aesthetics
  • Firmly adheres to the tooth, reducing risks of fractures or leaks
  • Safe and non-toxic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • Less sensitivity to temperature changes for enhanced comfort
  • Costs start at $245

What are white fillings made of?

White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are made of a blend of tooth-coloured materials. The primary components include a resin matrix and small particles of glass or ceramic called filler. The resin matrix provides the bonding strength, allowing the filling material to adhere securely to the tooth structure. The filler particles give the composite its natural appearance and strength.

These fillings are carefully chosen to match the shade of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and discreet restoration. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, white fillings are mercury-free, making them a safer and more aesthetic option for dental restorations. Their versatility allows them to be used on both front and back teeth, maintaining a consistent and attractive smile. White fillings have become a popular choice for dental restorations due to their ability to blend harmoniously with the surrounding teeth while effectively restoring the tooth's function and strength.

How long do white fillings last?

The longevity of white fillings varies depending on several factors. On average, white fillings can last between 5 to 10 years with proper care. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, can significantly extend their lifespan. Avoiding habits like teeth grinding or clenching can also help preserve the integrity of the fillings.

The location and size of the filling can impact its durability. Larger fillings may experience more wear and tear over time, potentially requiring replacement sooner. Additionally, the material used and the expertise of the dentist can influence the longevity of the filling.

If you notice any signs of wear, chipping, or sensitivity around the filling, it's essential to schedule a dental appointment promptly. Regular dental examinations allow your dentist to monitor the condition of your white fillings and recommend necessary maintenance or replacement to ensure a healthy and lasting restoration.

When to get a crown instead of a white filling

Choosing between a crown and white filling treatment depends on the extent of tooth damage and the desired outcome. White fillings are an excellent choice for small to medium-sized cavities, as they preserve more natural tooth structure, require less invasive preparation, and blend seamlessly with your teeth for a discreet restoration.

On the other hand, dental crowns are recommended for more significant tooth damage, extensive decay, or after root canal treatment. Crowns provide superior strength and protection to weakened teeth, covering the entire biting surface of the tooth. They are ideal for teeth that undergo significant biting force.

Ultimately, the decision between a crown and white filling treatment is made in consultation with a dentist, who will consider the extent of tooth damage, cosmetic preferences, and your overall oral health. Our dentists will always discuss and recommend the most suitable option to restore your tooth's function, aesthetics, and long-term durability.

Do white filling discolour over time?

Yes, white fillings can potentially discolor over time, especially with exposure to certain foods, beverages, and habits like smoking. While white fillings are designed to resist staining, they may gradually absorb color from substances like coffee, tea, red wine, or tobacco. Poor oral hygiene and neglecting regular dental check-ups can also contribute to discoloration.

It's essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, to help prevent staining and extend the lifespan of white fillings. Additionally, being mindful of your diet and limiting consumption of staining substances can also help preserve the color and appearance of your white fillings.

If you notice any discoloration or changes in your white fillings, consult your dentist, as they may recommend professional cleaning or replacement to maintain the aesthetics and function of the restoration.

Payment options available

We offer a wider range of interest-free payment options to suit any budget and we offer free check-ups and cleans for teen orthodontic patients*. Individual service costs may vary. Costs can be found on our Services pages.


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Do white fillings require special care?

White fillings do not require special care but benefit from regular oral hygiene practices, dental check-ups, and avoiding stain-causing substances to maintain their appearance and longevity.

How long does it take to get a white filling?

The time required for a white filling procedure depends on the size and location of the cavity, typically ranging from 30 minutes to one hour.

Can white fillings replace old amalgam fillings?

Yes, white fillings can be used to replace old amalgam fillings for a more natural and discreet restoration.

Do white fillings hurt during or after the procedure?

During the filling procedure, your dentist will numb the area to ensure a pain-free experience. Afterward, any mild discomfort usually subsides within a few days.

Can white fillings be used for back teeth?

Yes, white fillings are suitable for both front and back teeth, providing a functional and aesthetically pleasing restoration.