Large White Fillings
Large white fillings can be used to treat teeth that have larger cavities, cracks or further damage.
When your natural tooth is damaged it is important that a suitable treatment is used to not only settle the tooth but also reinforce its strength and function. Dr Roxanne Irani may recommend a large white filling for a tooth that has been damaged by a number of causes including:
- Large cavities
- When a cusp has fractured off the tooth
- Worn teeth from clenching and grinding
- Old amalgam fillings that have caused teeth to crack
What is a large white filling?
A large white filling is exactly that. A filling developed using the composite resin that is used in our composite fillings and colour matched to your tooth. This filling can then be applied to a larger surface of your tooth to treat and resecure the more detrimental damage as listed above.
Large white fillings can be used as an interim for those who require more advanced treatment such as crowns or dental implants to restore the aesthetic appeal of your tooth in addition to the structure and strength of the tooth.
Do large white fillings hurt?
The process for large white fillings is no different to the process for a standard filling. Dr Irani will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is gentle and provides the best possible results for your mouth.
Dr Irani takes your full dental hygiene and condition into consideration when recommending any treatment and as such may additionally recommend other treatments that will improve your oral condition.
Are large white fillings different to Inlays and Onlays?
Large white fillings are very similar to Inlays and Onlays in that they are used to repair more extensive damage and cover a wider area than standard fillings. Large white fillings can be used to cover the cusp of the tooth just like onlays or just the inner cavity like inlays.
How can I avoid having to get large white fillings?
The best way to avoid any restorative dental treatments is via management of your dental hygiene. Dr Irani strongly recommends monitoring and limiting lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming high sugar foods as these are all known to increase the likelihood of dental damage and cavities. She also recommends a strict adherence to dental maintenance such as brushing and flossing daily and attending six-monthly check-ups at Dr Roxanne Irani’s Gentle and Caring Dentistry in Maroubra.