Our team of dentists at Dental Partners of Boston is proud to offer white fillings as an alternative to metal fillings. Many dentists still use amalgam fillings, but those older fillings come with several health issues that resin fillings avoid. Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are a durable option that provides resistance to fracture in small to medium-sized filling that needs to withstand pressure from the stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are an excellent option for patients who would prefer that their fillings have a more natural appearance. When having a filling, patients will often have several questions regarding white tooth-colored fillings. These will often relate to the look, the lifespan, as well as the placing of the fillings.
A dental filling refers to a restorative material, like porcelain, resin, or metal, that is used to repair the function, structure, and integrity of a tooth damaged by decay.
White tooth-colored fillings, sometimes referred to as dental composites, are typically made out of resilient composite resin. Our cosmetic dentists take the time to ensure that your fillings match the exact color of your teeth. This custom color match results in a more natural look in comparison to older amalgam fillings. If you have received teeth whitening services in the past or you plan on getting a teeth whitening done, you don't have anything to worry about by getting white fillings. These fillings blend in very well to match your recently whitened teeth. When it is time to do the filling, our dentists at Dental Partners of Boston make the process very simple.
The placement of composite white tooth-colored fillings is a simple process that your dental team at Dental Partners of Boston carries out on a routine basis. Typically, the filling will require just one sitting for it to be placed.
Following the removal of any plaque, tartar, decay, as well as any existing filling, the area where the filling is to be placed will be cleaned and dried. With the use of specially colored lights, the resin of the white filling is cured to your teeth for a tight bond. This bond helps the filling support the structure of your tooth and helps to prevent cracks and fractures. From there, your Boston cosmetic dentist shapes and polishes the composite to help it fit comfortably and limit deterioration and staining. A clear plastic coating can be placed over the filling to prevent discoloration from coffee, tea, and other staining beverages and food. After the easy application, white tooth fillings are nearly impossible to detect against your healthy teeth.
Although the appearance of the fillings is a major factor for many patients opting to have composite white tooth-colored fillings, there are several other benefits beyond aesthetics when it comes to using white fillings over metal fillings. The bonding material that is used in tooth-colored fillings has very good adhesion, which is beneficial in tooth restoration. Silver fillings often destroy healthy teeth due to the retentive fitting that has to be made to hold the filling. With less drilling required in the placement of white tooth-colored fillings, having white fillings placed can be less uncomfortable for patients than silver amalgam fillings.
With white tooth-colored fillings, no one will be able to tell the difference between your fillings and your natural teeth. If you want to learn if white fillings are right for you, contact Dental Partners of Boston today. Schedule your appointment for a smile consultation at our Boston dental office a member of our experienced dental team.
While it is fair to say that white fillings have historically been considered to have a shorter lifespan than those of traditional silver amalgam fillings, there are, however, new materials available that are comparable to metal fillings. The materials used in white fillings are very effective and provide comparable results. The length of time that your white filling will last will largely depend on where it is situated within your mouth, the pressure level between your teeth when you bite, and your general level of oral hygiene and care. If you want further advice regarding the lifespan of your white fillings, then we will be able to advise you on how long these should last in your situation.
A major factor that is worth considering in terms of white fillings is the improvement that you will gain to your laugh and smile. Metal fillings are typically more noticeable than white fillings, which will blend to the tone of your teeth. Having metal fillings can, on occasion, cause patients to more conscious of others noticing their fillings. White fillings can improve the appearance of your smile in comparison to silver amalgam fillings, particularly where the fillings are towards the front of the mouth and are more visible.
Once in place, your white fillings should last for several years. The better care you can take of them, the longer they are likely to last. Oral hygiene is significant in the prevention of the build-up of the plaque bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride will help to remove any plaque. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks will help prevent build-up bacteria throughout the day. Regular visits to your dentist will also help to identify the early warning signs of tooth decay occurring, or damage to your white filling.
If you require any further information or advice when deciding whether white fillings are right for you, speak to our friendly dental team at Dental Partners of Boston to schedule an appointment and we will be happy to help you understand the differences between white fillings and silver amalgam fillings.