Today majority of patients choose tooth-colored fillings to metal fillings. They are long-lasting, safe, and reliable and give your teeth the most natural look; nobody will even notice their existence. Teeth-colored composites and resins come with more benefits over amalgam and other metal alternatives in that they preserve more of your tooth, thus maintaining the tooth structure.
White fillings are mainly made of a blend of plastic teeth-colored resins and silica fillers. These materials are made to bond with your teeth and mimic most of the tooth structure and functioning.
They are more resistant to wear down and translucent. Restored teeth are even stronger with these fillings in place.
These are the most common type of fillings available. Mostly our Harmony Dental Care dentists use them for small restorations that only require moderate procedures.
Dental defects such as discolored teeth, minor fractures, crooked and misaligned teeth, overlapping structure, and other less severe conditions are best treated by composite tooth-colored fillings.
The procedure for restoration can take just a single visit, depending on the severity of the condition. If more tooth removal will be involved, an external fabrication is made and later bonded with your tooth before restoration. Consulting with our dentists is a safe way to determine if white fillings are the best for you as there might be other better options.
Today many patients opt for tooth-colored fillings to other types due to the numerous benefits they present. These include:
Despite the reason you are having your tooth filled, the procedure is usually almost similar for all. The surrounding gum first has to be anesthetized mostly by a numbing sedative.
Next is preparing the tooth for filling. If it’s decay, the decay is first removed, then the filling component directly positioned on the affected area. The process is over once the material is safely bonded to your tooth.
Composite fillings, however, have an advantage over conventional amalgam fillings. With the latter, a substantial amount of healthy tooth has to be removed due to the undercutting made to securely bond them with your tooth. This weakens the tooth structure making it more susceptible to fracturing and cracks.
Composite resins don’t require any undercutting on teeth to bond them. They involve an intimate natural bond with the teeth without needing much mechanical tooth removal. This way, they are more preservative to the original tooth and offer a better and long-lasting restoration.
Before considering tooth-colored restorations, consult with our dentists on what’s best for you. If the fillings involve less health risk, minimal pain, and a better natural look, then that is your ideal choice.