White Tooth Fillings

Tooth coloured fillings for a more lifelike appearance.

For over 150 years standard fillings have been made out of a silvery-grey material called ‘amalgam’. This is considered one of the strongest and longest-lasting materials for fillings. However, many people find it unattractive and some are concerned about possible health risks.

White fillings are now a popular alternative to amalgam fillings. The new dental materials mean it is much easier to find a perfect match for the shade of a particular tooth. In most cases it is quite impossible to see that the tooth even has a filling. Sometimes white filling material can be used to cover unsightly marks on teeth, in a similar way to veneers.

Whether it is a front or back tooth the advantages of our white fillings include:

  • Tooth coloured
  • Adhesive
  • Mercury free
  • Conservative
  • Natural looking
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Before and After Photos

Case 5 Dentist Naomi Alesbury - White Fillings - Before PhotoCase 5 Dentist Naomi Alesbury - White Fillings - After Photo

A simple replacement of an amalgam (silver) filling with a composite (white) filling. You can see the red marks of the paper I use to ensure the bite is comfortable and safe after placing a filling. This reduces risk of sensitivity and discomfort after a filling.

Photo courtesy of Dr Naomi Alesbury

Case 4 Dentist Naomi Alesbury - White Fillings - Before PhotoCase 4 Dentist Naomi Alesbury - White Fillings - After Photo

A simple amalgam filling in a molar tooth with tooth fracture and decay. Replaced using minimally invasive techniques with a white adhesive filling (composite).

Photo courtesy of Dr Naomi Alesbury


Frequently Asked Questions

If your tooth has been affected by tooth decay and cavities, dental fillings are used to fill the teeth. The dentist removes the decay and dental fillings are used to restore this empty space and maintain the tooth’s structural integrity

During a check-up, your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth.

Anything that looks abnormal will be checked closely and they may take an x-ray(s) to confirm the extent of any damage.

Once we have determined that you need a filling, the dentist will remove the decay from the tooth before the repair filling can be completed. The type of filling your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.

What’s right for you will be determined by the extent of the damage, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where the filling is needed in your mouth and the cost.

Amalgam fillings are resistant to wear and tear and relatively inexpensive. However, their dark colour makes them more noticeable than white porcelain or composite restorations and so they are not usually used in very visible areas, such as your front teeth.

Where a natural appearance is desired, composite white fillings are a good option as these fillings are matched to be the same colour as your natural teeth.  However, composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time.

Composite white fillings can also become stained from tea, coffee, wine or tobacco.

Gold fillings are made in the laboratory and then cemented into place.

They are well-tolerated by gum tissues and are very long-lasting, maybe more than 20 years. However, it is often the most expensive choice and requires multiple visits.

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Why Choose Us

A few reasons why we believe Norfolk House Dental Care is the dental practice for you.

  • Talented dentists – Over 100 years combined clinical experience.
  • Affordable health plans – We have a range of payment options for both adults and children, including the Norfolk House Dental Care Plan or Fee per Item.
  • Modern facilities – Latest dental equipment designed for the comfort and convenience of all our patients.
  • Nervous patients – Gentle sedation options available for anxious patients.

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