Composite Fillings Restore Your Natural Smile
Gold and silver tooth fillings are no longer the dental standard as composite fillings offer a more natural looking option. Composite resins match the color of your teeth and give you plenty of durability to survive the stress of chewing. If you’re looking for a natural looking filling option, white fillings are the way to go.
Why Are Tooth Fillings Used?
A cavity and other forms of tooth decay can form as the result of poor dental hygiene, frequent tobacco use, excessive sugar intake and similar causes. Regardless, it can be best for your oral care to remove the decayed portion of the tooth.
Your dentist uses composite fillings to restore the tooth’s shape and function after part of it is removed. Many dentists and patients prefer composite options because the look more natural than traditional amalgam options.
Who Should Get White Fillings?
While you may have the choice of composite fillings over other options, your dentist will probably be the first to inform you that you need a filling. Though tooth decay is perhaps the most common reason for fillings, you may be eligible for a filling if you have:
- Worn teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Broken teeth
Fillings can also be used to close spaces or gaps between teeth.
How Are Composite Fillings Applied?
When your dentist applies your fillings, here’s the process he’ll use:
- Numb the area around the tooth.
- Remove any tooth decay or other debris in the area.
- Use medication to protect nerve if decay removal left the area exposed.
- Filling is applied, shaped and polished.
You may experience some sensitivity initially after the procedure, but this will fade after your tooth gets used to the filling.
Things to Consider Before Opting for a White Filling
Though composite options give you a great natural look, they may not be perfect for every dental case. Before you commit to tooth fillings, here are a few things you should know:
- Fillings should be replaced in 7 to 10 years.
- Composite resins aren’t as durable as amalgam.
- Larger dental fillings may call for amalgam.
- White fillings are susceptible to stains.
Serving Fort Washington, Oreland, Ambler, Dresher & Surrounding
Do you still have some questions about white fillings or the best option for your smile? Give Harmony Dental Health conveniently located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania a call at 215.643.0363 to schedule a dentist appointment or speak with our knowledgeable and professional staff. We’ll give you the information you need and an appointment that works for you.