If you have been looking for a less noticeable and more aesthetic edge when dealing with cavities, white fillings could be the perfect solution. Let’s look at how these fillings work, what the procedure involves, and the benefits of white fillings. Your dentist can answer any other questions.
The Visual Appeal of White Fillings
Traditional fillings are comprised of a metallic amalgam. While effective at addressing common cavities, these metal fillings are quite noticeable. Instead, many people select white fillings, which are colour-matched to your neighboring teeth -- and appear very natural. These are sometimes referred to as "composite fillings."
An In-Depth Look at the Procedure
- The treatment process is quite similar to traditional amalgam fillings. The dentist will first numb the localised area before removing any decay. This could involve removing portions of the tooth that are too weak to support the filling.
- The tooth will then be thoroughly washed and dried to ensure a sanitary surface. An etching solution is then placed over the tooth. This gel will help the composite filling adhere to the tooth. A bonding agent is then applied to ensure the filling remains properly in place.
- The composite filling is then placed into the hole and contoured to match the tooth’s outer appearance. Once the dentist is satisfied with the results, an ultraviolet light will be directed on the filling’s surface to help it harden or "cure". The final step involves trimming or polishing that might be necessary.
The Benefits and Possible Drawbacks of Composite Fillings
- In addition to filling cavities, white fillings can be used to fix chips or cracks because the composite material has a superior level of adhesion. Furthermore, this type of filling will generally require less preparation time.
- White fillings will need an extremely dry surface in order to adhere properly. This can be challenging when addressing teeth in the back of the mouth. A dentist may therefore choose another option such as a crown or a dental on-lay.
- The best way to determine if white fillings are the most appropriate options is to speak with your dentist. Thanks to modern technology, achieving a flawless smile has never been easier.