We all want to make the right decision when we are having a dental procedure done. Our cosmetic dentist is always the best source to answer all of our questions, of course, but let’s take a look and compare some of the pros and cons of different materials that can be used to fill our teeth. It’s always important to know how we can strengthen our teeth through dental procedures.
White composite fillings
White composite fillings were introduced in the 1960s. Back then they were reserved for front teeth since they were considered not to be strong enough to withstand the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth. They have come a long way since then and have been improved so much that they can now be used on back teeth as well. These composite fillings are now strong, safe, and look much more natural than metal or amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings actually strengthen the tooth and blend perfectly with the enamel of our teeth. They preserve the natural tooth structure as much as possible. Composites are not only used to repair decayed teeth, but they are used for cosmetic improvements of our smile by reshaping disfigured teeth and changing the color of the teeth. There are several advantages to composite fillings and esthetics is probably the main advantage since your dentist can blend shades and match your tooth color perfectly. Composites also bond to the tooth and support the remaining tooth structure. This really helps to prevent the teeth from breaking and also insulates the tooth from temperature changes.
White composite filling preparation
When preparing to place your composite filling, your dentist will place it in layers, using a special light that hardens each layer. Your dentist will then shape the composite so that it fits the tooth. Lastly, it is polished to prevent early wear and staining. The process may take a little longer than placing a silver filling, but you may be happier with the result! Composites can actually be more versatile than silver or gold fillings because they can be used to repair broken, chipped, or worn teeth as well as decayed teeth. They can also fix gaps between teeth. Another advantage to composite fillings is that your dentist sometimes can remove less tooth structure when removing decay and preparing for filling your tooth.
When comparing silver fillings to composites there are a few disadvantages that require mentioning. The main disadvantage are the esthetics, since silver or gold fillings do not match the color of our natural teeth. Amalgam fillings can also cast a grayish hue to the surrounding tooth structure and discolor it. You may experience a wider degree of expansion and contraction in silver fillings compared to composite material, which in turn will lead to a higher rate of cracks and fractures. A small percentage of people are also allergic to the mercury in amalgam preparations.
Composite fillings that match the natural appearance and color of our teeth can really improve our confidence and our smile. One of our helpful and professional cosmetic dentists can always answer any additional questions you may have regarding the differences of these fillings and guide you to achieving that perfect smile that you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to schedule your next dental appointment.