When you develop decay, the dentist typically responds with a dental filling. In the past, these restorations were made from a metal material. Fortunately, we can now offer a lifelike alternative. Do you have questions about our natural looking white fillings? How do they differ from the older amalgam versions?
Question: What are they made from?
Answer: Instead of metal we use a composite resin to make them. The material is metal-free and can be shaded to blend with the remaining tooth structure. Our patients prefer these due to their more lifelike appearance.
Question: How are they placed?
Answer: We first prepare the tooth by removing the decay and gently etching the surface. We then apply the composite resin and mold it as the material cures under a light. The tooth will then be polished for a more lifelike appearance. The entire procedure can be completed in a single visit.
Question: Can they be used to fix chipped teeth?
Answer: Yes. We use the same material in our dental bonding procedures. We will apply several layers of the material and sculpt the tooth while it cures. Once again, we complete the procedure by polishing the tooth. We can also close gaps between teeth and mask permanent teeth stains.
Question: Can anyone receive white fillings?
Answer: Yes. These are safe for children and patients of all ages. Due to the mercury content of amalgam fillings, they may not be appropriate for young children, pregnant women, or the elderly. They can be especially dangerous for people with metal allergies. However, our composite fillings are safe for everyone. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay or our white fillings, then contact our office today.