White Fillings | Dental Composite Fillings
A composite filling is a tooth-colored resin and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
When Are White Fillings Applied?
If you have to get a filling, you and your dentist have lots of materials to choose from. In many cases, when teeth are decayed or broken, a dentist will use fillings to replace the tooth mass lost. Depending on the material used, traditional fillings are usually dark or silver in color. Although they can help prevent further decay and can make the tooth stronger, they can look unsightly in your mouth and their color affects your smile. When you smile or laugh, the dark fillings may be visible, making you feel self-conscious. White fillings are a great alternative. These fillings are made with a tooth-colored resin material or porcelain that is attached
to the tooth. These white fillings are invisible, so that your teeth look naturally perfect. With white fillings, no one has to know you even have fillings.
Pros & Cons of White Fillings
White fillings are the most widely-used dental filling material. They’re made of glass or quartz in resin.
Pros: Your dentist can closely match the color of a composite filling to the color of your surrounding natural teeth.
Cons: Just like your own teeth, composite fillings can stain or discolor over time.
If you have silver, metal, or mercury fillings or you can have them replaced with tooth-colored resin or porcelain. Not only will this enhance your smile, but it can be healthier for you. Dentists have long been worried about the potential health hazards of old-fashioned mercury fillings. If you have this sort of filling, you may wish to speak to your dentist about the newer alternatives available such as white fillings.