What Are White Composite Fillings?
Fillings are used to treat cavities. When a tooth becomes infected or decayed, we use a filling to treat the tooth and save it from further damage. We remove the infected or decayed part of the tooth, clean out the cavity, and fill it with a composite material. This can all be done in just one visit,
Why Do We Use Composite?
There are many different materials available for fillings. So why do we use a composite? Until recently, dentists used a silver and mercury amalgam to fill and seal cavities. Because a larger amount of the original tooth must be removed, these types of fillings often weaken teeth. Recent innovations now allow us to replace old silver fillings with composite or porcelain fillings that are stronger, safer and more natural looking.
No Metal Policy
If there is even a shadow of a doubt that something could be unsafe for our patients, we will not use it. Since there has been debate over the safety of the use of metal in fillings, we opt out of using that material.
Also, no one wants distracting metal in their smile! Say goodbye to “metal mouth” and hello to a beautiful natural looking smile.
Inlays & Onlays
When more than a third of a tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay. Large fillings on back teeth often require a stronger and properly contoured restoration, such as porcelain inlays or onlays. They are created at an off-site dental lab and are bonded into place using a strong resin. Inlays and onlays protect teeth similarly as crowns, but conserve more natural tooth structure and are a better match to your tooth’s natural color.