In the past fillings were the silver amalgam but now many fillings are white dental fillings.
What are white dental fillings
White dental fillings are made of powdered glass and acrylic resin, which can be coloured to match that of the tooth being filled.
The resin adheres to the tooth and helps prevent the tooth from breaking down or falling apart further.
It can also help with sensitivity to cold and heat.
Do white dental fillings cost more
Typically, white dental fillings cost more than the silver amalgam fillings; however, most insurance will cover part of the cost of white dental fillings but only up to the cost of what a silver amalgam filling would cost.
The rest of the cost would be up to the patient to cover out of pocket.
How long do white dental fillings last
White dental fillings are mostly used in small cavities and in teeth that do not do most of the chewing as they are not as durable as amalgam fillings.
How long the white dental filling will last is dependent on what tooth it is placed in and how big the cavity is that is being filled.
Also, it is good to note that the white dental filling can change colour.
Why would you choose white dental fillings
The reason for white dental fillings is mainly aesthetics if you do not want people to see you have silver amalgam fillings say when you yawn.
If you are interested in white dental fillings in Oshawa, speak to your dentist as he or she will be able to advise you on which filling material will work best for you and the tooth that needs to be filled.
Remember the smaller the cavity and what tooth is being filled will determine how long a white dental filling will last.