White Fillings

One of the most common treatment provided by the dentists is the filling.

Almost everyone has had at least one cavity filled at some point in their lives.

 

What are the types of fillings?

There are number of different fillings, the one used at DEC are:

  • Composite fillings (tooth colored)
  • Glass ionomer (tooth colored)
  • Porcelain Ceramic inlays/Onlays (tooth colored)

 

What is a composite filling?

Composite is a natural tooth colored resin frequently used to restore cavities, broken, chipped or worn-down teeth. Also designed for aesthetic dental restorations while also serving to restore natural tooth function.

 

What is a glass ionomer filling?

Glass ionomer filling form a chemical link with the tooth, they may also release fluoride, which helps to prevent further tooth decay. This type of filling is fairly weak reason why they are mostly used on baby teeth.

 

What is a ceramic porcelain inlay/onlay?

A porcelain inlay or onlay is a custom made filling made of porcelain by a professional dental laboratory is permanently cemented in the tooth. Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns.

 

At DEC we use a digital technology called CAD CAM to design and prepare perfectly fitted porcelain inlay/onlay in just 1 or 2 visits. Porcelain fillings can be hard wearing and long lasting.

 

What are the advantages of the white fillings on the traditional black amalgam fillings?

 

Compared to traditional ‘black’ amalgam fillings, they offer patients a number of substantial benefits:

 

  1. Color matched: formulated to resemble the natural color of existing teeth making the camouflaged fillings undetectable to onlookers.
  2. More support: less tooth structure is removed when preparing the filling and it is chemically bonded to the tooth, providing increased support.
  3. Reduced sensitivity: metal is a thermal conductor and patients with black fillings can have a sensitive reacting to hot and cold foods or beverages. Sensitivity is not usually a problem with white fillings.
  4. Amalgam fillings are a blend of metals such as mercury, silver-tin alloy, and copper. This combination hardens to a dark silver color inside the tooth. Still, many patients and dental professionals have concerns over the release of low levels of mercury that occurs over time.

 

Where can I get more information?

DEC dentists are available to advise you on what kind of filling material is suitable to your condition.

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