Patient undergoing treatment at City Centre Dental Practice in Manchester

White Fillings

Natural looking composite dental fillings to restore your smile

Mercury amalgam has long been the filling material of choice for dentists and while there is no denying that this is a functional, hard wearing and long lasting material, the cosmetic aspects are far from ideal. Amalgam fillings may either show directly or cause your teeth to have an unsightly dark, ‘shadowed’ appearance.

White fillings are an excellent solution. Quartz-based ceramic fillings can be colour-matched to your adjacent teeth to give you an instant improvement in your smile, restoring decayed or broken portions of teeth almost invisibly. For very large fillings, where the quartz composite may not be strong enough, tough cast laboratory-made fillings (known as inlays) may be the answer.

Typical example of before and after white fillings (composite fillings)

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  • What are the advantages of white fillings?


    The shade/colour of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth. Composites are particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.

    Bonding to tooth structure

    Composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support.


    In addition to use as a filling material for decayed teeth, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.

    Tooth-sparing preperation

    Sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed than compared with amalgam fillings, when preparing for the filling.

  • What other types of fillings are available?


    These fillings are most often made of porcelain, are more resistant to staining than composite resin material, but are also more abrasive.

    Glass Ionomer

    Made of acrylic and a specific type of glass material. This material is most commonly used for fillings below the gum line and for fillings in young children (drilling is still required). Glass ionomers release fluoride, which can help protect the tooth from further decay.

For further information on our treatments, or to book a consultation, call us today on 0161 834 1643. Alternatively, you are very welcome to visit the practice in person any time during our opening hours.