White Composite Fillings
A composite filling is what many people often call a “white filling” or “porcelain filling”. They are increasing in popularity as people choose to have fillings that match the look of their natural teeth in both color and texture. Composite fillings are unlike the old silver fillings in that they are tooth-colored. Many people consider them to be more aesthetically pleasing since they are less noticeable than traditional fillings.
What Are Composite Fillings Made Of?
Composite fillings are usually made from synthetic plastic materials called composite resins. They may also be made from microscopic glass or porcelain particles. They are extremely durable and do not expand or contract with heat and cold as one sees with amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are basically fracture resistant.
Reasons for Composite Fillings:
- Repairing chipped, broken, or cracked teeth
- Filling in the gap between teeth
- Fixing decayed or worn teeth
- Evening out the surface of a tooth
- Enhancing biting or chewing ability
- Minor tooth reshaping
- Protecting exposed and eroded root surfaces (abfractions)
Advantages of Composite Fillings:
- Come in a wide range of tooth colors to look more natural
- Glued into your teeth, which actually strengthens your tooth’s structure
- Very adhesive
- Safe and non-invasive
How Are Composite Fillings Placed?
While composite fillings do take longer than traditional amalgam fillings, they can be completed in one visit to Dr. Gilbert’s dental office.
Your tooth will be numb so there is no pain involved. First, Dr. Gilbert will remove the decayed or cracked part of your tooth. Next, your tooth is thoroughly cleaned. The composite filling will be placed in layers over the tooth’s opening. A special light is used to harden the resin. They are then shaped and polished to look as natural as possible. The fillings are bonded to the cavity or hole in the tooth, which necessitates less actual tooth repair.