White Fillings

White Fillings

Why White Fillings

Fillings are used to fill in cavities in order to prevent further damage to the teeth. Today, we use white fillings made of a composite resin much more often than amalgam or gold fillings. While amalgam fillings used to be the most common option, we have started using white fillings more often for several reasons.

First

Silver fillings are less cosmetically appealing, and therefore aren’t ideal for filling cavities in more noticeable areas of the mouth.

Additionally

To properly will a cavity with amalgam, we need to remove more of the healthy part of the tooth – this can sometimes cause stability issues and lead to breaking in the future.

And Finally

Silver amalgam fillings also shrink and expand when exposed to different temperatures, but do so at a different rate than your natural tooth does. This can lead to fractures and breakage. Many people today avoid amalgam fillings because trace amounts of mercury are found in them.

Composite Resin Fillings Advantages

Composite resin fillings are not just used to fill in cavities, but we can also use them to build up a tooth if needed. Getting a composite filling is generally quick and easy, and is done in one appointment. After we choose the deposit color that best matches your natural teeth, we’ll remove the decay and clean out the cavity. Then, the composite resin will be placed in the cavity and a special light will be used to cure it. Once hardened, we’ll polish the tooth to ensure it is smooth.

Composite fillings are gaining in popularity with patients because they blend in with the natural smile so no one will be able to tell you had any restoration work done. They are also strong and advancement in composite resin has made them more resistant to wear than in years past.

To ensure your filling continues to be effective, proper oral care is crucial. Brush twice daily and floss once daily. To prevent staining, avoid tobacco products, tea, coffee and other foods and drinks with high staining power.

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