Why white fillings?

White fillings provide a more natural look than an amalgam filling. You may hear the dentist talk about 'composite', 'glass ionomer' and 'compomer' which are all different types of white filling used in differing situations.

What are the benefits?

  • Unlike silver (amalgam) fillings, white material sticks to teeth and can form edges, so it may be effectively used to repair front teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed or worn. It can also be used, as a 'veneer' to cover marks or discolouration that cleaning won't remove.
  • White fillings are less noticeable than silver fillings, which turn black in the mouth. White fillings come in a range of shades so they can be matched to the colour of your own teeth.
  • A tooth usually needs less preparation for a white filling than for a silver filling.
  • White fillings can sometimes be used in back teeth if there is not too much decay or damage. White fillings are also difficult to place in back teeth, as they need very dry conditions, which can be hard to achieve right at the back of your mouth. An onlay or crown may be a better option in some circumstances. Ask your dentist for advice.