A dental cavity requires treatment. Without it, decay can worsen and tooth loss isn’t far behind.
A filling restores a tooth that has minor decay, so it can function and look natural. A filling involves removing the decay, cleaning the area, and filling the cavity with a material. With metal fillings, those that are silver-colored, the dentists use a combination of metals such as silver, tin, copper, and mercury.
In the case of white filling, the tooth is filled with a strong, long-lasting composite material (BPA-free, by the way). These revolutionary composite materials rival metal when it comes to strength.
White really means that the filling is tooth colored, so your fillings aren’t obvious every time you smile. White fillings can also restore the shape of a damaged tooth, further enhancing your smile.
White fillings look natural and make it so it’s almost impossible to see teeth that have had cavities and fillings. White-colored fillings are optimal for cavities in very visible areas of your mouth.
White fillings are strong and resist the wear and tear of chewing. They usually last a long time due to improvements in the quality of composite materials used to craft the fillings.
You can opt to have old metal fillings replaced with white fillings to improve the look of your smile. During the treatment, the dentists isolate your area of treatment with a “rubber dam” while removing old amalgam (metal) fillings. This helps protect you from swallowing debris.
The best part is that you leave your appointment with a healthy tooth and a filling that matches your natural teeth, looks good, and contains no mercury.
Proper oral hygiene that includes brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly helps keep your white fillings looking their best. Minimize use of stain-causing foods, such as coffee and red wine, and avoid tobacco, which can cause white fillings to discolor.
If you want to take advantage of the benefits of white fillings for damaged teeth, call Dental House or book an appointment using the online scheduler.