White Fillings

One of the most common treatments provided by dentists are fillings.

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

 

What are the types of teeth fillings?

 DEC uses:

  • 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-out 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 therefore they are mostly used on baby’s teeth.

 

What is a ceramic porcelain inlay/onlay?

A porcelain inlay or onlay is a custom made dental filling made of porcelain by a professional dental laboratory and 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 Dental Experts Center we use the CAD CAM digital technology to design and prepare perfectly fitted porcelain inlays/onlays in just 1 or 2 sessions. Porcelain fillings are long lasting.

 

What are the advantages of white fillings in comparison with the traditional black amalgam fillings?

White fillings provide patients a number of substantial benefits:

 

  1. Color match: formulated to resemble the natural color of your existing teeth turning them into undetectable camouflaged dental fillings.
  2. More support: less tooth structure is removed when preparing the filling and is chemically bonded to the tooth, providing increased support.
  3. Reduced sensitivity: metal is a thermal conductor and black fillings can lead to a sensitive reaction to hot and cold edibles or beverages. On the other hand, white fillings have no such effects.
  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’s dentists are available to advise you on what kind of filling material is suitable to your condition.

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