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Choose White Fillings to Restore Your Smile

woman enjoying coffeeComposite fillings are made from a combination of resin and ceramic. Aside from looking better than silver fillings, they’re also healthier for your teeth!

Most people do not know that a white composite filling bonds to a tooth on all sides of the restoration. This keeps a tighter seal under the it and helps strengthen the tooth structurally. With more tooth structure being conserved, white fillings are a longer lasting solution which can lead to healthier teeth and less visits to the dentist.

As a rule of thumb, white fillings tend to break less often and are not as prone to recurring tooth decay around them due to the tighter seal. More than being just a better cosmetic alternative, they’re superior material that offers significant advantages over traditional metal fillings.

The Downside to Silver Fillings

Metal doesn’t bond to teeth, so the way a silver filling works is by being larger at the bottom and smaller at the top, essentially wedging itself into place. Compared to a white restoration, the treatment process calls for removing additional tooth structure, making silver fillings more invasive to teeth overall.

By nature, metal expands and contracts when there are temperature changes. It’s no different when it’s inside of your mouth. As a metal filling adjusts to hot and cold environments, it can lead to microfractures in the tooth structure around it. These damaged teeth become costlier to repair, as restorations other than simple fillings will be needed.

Removing Old Silver Fillings

When we remove an amalgam (mercury) filling, we take specific steps to isolate the debris and prevent it from re-entering the ecosystem. Our special equipment separates the metal from the water before going to the watershed for treatment. When everything is filtered out, it’s disposed of properly so that it won’t affect the environment (or our patients)!

Replacing your old filling with a white one helps avoid the potential for decay and fractures while conserving tooth structure. In turn, this lowers the risk of costlier and more painful treatments later on. If a filling isn’t appropriate due to the size of the area, then the standard of care for the most lasting option would be an inlay, onlay or crown.

Assessing the Situation

We’re committed to doing what’s best for your smile. Our proactive and conservative approach to oral health care is meant to keep your smile healthy and prevent future tooth pain.

Request a consultation today to find out if your smile is as healthy as it feels!

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