What are Tooth Fillings (Composite White Fillings)

composite white fillingsGetting a tooth filling or white composite fillings are one of the most common dental procedures in done by a dentist in the dental industry. Dental filling repairs a hole or cavity in the tooth left by tooth decay. Composite resin is fillings that are colored to match the tooth and adhesively bonded to the walls of the teeth, with the goal of having the filling look as natural as possible. Composite resins provide durability and resistance to fractures and small to mid-size fillings and typically can with moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back of the tooth, however mostly placed on the front teeth for the natural look, Adhesively bonded the filling to the wall enables the dentist to remove less tooth composition than metal fillings, that do not adhere to the teeth

Metal fillings are made from metallic amalgam and are position in the tooth by drilling an undercut beneath the surface of the cavity for the region of the filling. Metal fillings darken the teeth and are visible when you smile. Many people consider white fillings because it important that your teeth not be only functional but also look natural as well.

Do White Filings last as long as metal or Silver amalgam fillings?

Although white fillings did not typically last as long as the metal amalgam filling. There are now new materials that are available to a dentist, having some of the same properties as silver amalgam, which has proven to be very successful. These materials consist of glass particles and synthetic resin and setting ingredient. Your dentist should be able to talk about it more detail.

The life expectancy of a white filling depends on several things, including the placement of the filling within the mouth, how much stress is put on the teeth when chewing. However it depends on the material within the filling, so you should ask your dentist, how long it should last before proceeding with the procedure, to make a decision that your a comfortable with.

Should I replace my Amalgam fillings with White composite fillings?

It is best to change out your amalgam fillings when your dentist decides that it be time to replace the old fillings. You can ask your dentist if he/she can replace you metal amalgam fillings with tooth-colored white composites. However, some dentist may not prefer to put white fillings on the back teeth, since they are not aways successful. One solution is to use crown or linlases.

It takes a longer time place a composite filling than a metal filling because composite requires the tooth to be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled.

The cost for White Composite Resin

Prices can vary, buy most cost up to two times the price of getting a silver filling. However, most dental insurance plans will cover the cost of composites up to the price of getting a silver filling. The patient typically pays the difference.

Advantages of White Composite Resin

The distinct benefit of this type of filling is the aesthetics; the dentist blends the different shades to create a color that is nearly identical to the actual too. The composite bond to the remaining tooth structure helps prevent it from breaking and insulate the tooth and nerve from excessive temperature changes.

The Disadvantages for White Composite Resin

There may be preoperative sensitivity. The composite shade may slightly change if you eat staining foods and drink staining beverages, like tea or coffee. The dentist can place plastic coating prevent changes to the color of the composite. Composites also wear out sooner than silver fillings in larger cavities.

Dental or metal amalgams have used for over 150 years, so there is a proven track record that it is one of the safest, least expensive and most durable material to fill a cavity. There is concern that arises from the use of mercury as a bonding agent to combine the other material in dental amalgam. Its chemical nature changes render it harmless. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that dental amalgam remains a safe way for fillings.

Ultimately the best dental filling is not at all. Prevention is the best way to keep your teeth free from disease and risk of cavities. You want to make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit the dentist regularly.

Health Life Media Team