We all know that the best filling is no filling, but that’s not always possible. If you need a filling, why not get one that blends in with your natural teeth? The professionals at McLean DDS are highly skilled in composite fillings that match your tooth color. Our focus on high quality, simple restorative procedures will leave you with a beautiful and functionally agreeable filling. Plus, our practice is committed to providing the most comfortable, anxiety-free experience during any procedure. Contact us today about preserving your natural, white smile with tooth-colored fillings.
What Are White Fillings?
White fillings are actually tooth-colored fillings made of composite resins. Durable composite fillings can resist fractures in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand the pressures from chewing.
Why White Fillings Are Desired
White, or tooth-colored, fillings are ideal for people who want their fillings to look more natural. Unlike amalgam (metal, silver-colored) fillings, white fillings blend in with your tooth color, making them virtually undetectable. They can be used on front or back teeth.
Filling a tooth with a composite requires that the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled, which means that it takes longer to place a composite than an amalgam filling. After the decay is removed from the tooth, a bonding agent is applied. The composite material is then applied and molded to your tooth structure. High-intensity blue light rays are focused on the material for less than a minute to harden the material. Afterward, adjustments are made to achieve the most comfortable bite.
Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam fillings, likely for cosmetic reasons. Their color makes composites the best choice for improved aesthetics and a bright, white smile. Composite fillings require less drilling, preserving more of your natural tooth structure. Composite fillings tend to hold the tooth together better, reducing the chance of fracture. However, composites cost more than amalgam fillings and some insurance plans may not cover white fillings for the back teeth. If you’re interested in white fillings, ask us about their appropriateness for your situation — we can help you decide if composites are right for you.