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White Fillings

White Fillings

A filling is necessary to treat your cavity because if left untreated the decay will eventually grow and will enter into your nerve canal. And yes, this can be as painful as it sounds. It can also lead to more serious problems such as infection or abscess. When treating a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling.

 

White Fillings were developed as an alternative to the more common silver fillings, that were developed in the 1840s and are actually a mixture of mercury, silver and several smaller amounts of other metals. The medical terminology for silver fillings is amalgam fillings and they have been the primary solutions for cavities for many years and have served the dental profession well. In resent years a safer and more visual attractive solutions has made its way into cosmetic dentistry. White fillings.

 

White fillings can use composites that are made from hard plastic or Porcelain fillings that are made in a dental laboratory and are also custom made. They resist staining, and are made to match the tooth. Porcelain fillings cost approximately the same as gold fillings. They might be recommended if the decayed area is large. Porcelain restorations are very natural-looking and long lasting.

Benfits Of White Teeth Fillings

  • White teeth fillings can be combined with other dental treatments, such as inlays, crowns and bridges.
  • The colour can be harmonised to your normal tooth colour to appear natural, so it isn’t noticeable when you smile.
  • Mercury-free – Mercury is present in metal fillings, which may potentially pose a health risk for certain patients. White fillings are completely mercury-free.
  • White fillings are directly bonded to your tooth using a curing light, making them less likely to come loose or fall out over time. The bond also prevents decay from occurring between the filling and the tooth.
  • A white filing is a good choice when the decay is minor. Since it’s contained within a tooth (as opposed to taking over an entire side or section of a tooth), it doesn’t encounter much force.