No Mercury, Less Noticeable
Tooth-colored fillings or white fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resins. Similar in color and in texture to natural teeth, the tooth colored fillings are less noticeable, and much more attractive than other (amalgam) types of fillings.
If during your dental examination at Advanced Dental Care, of Jasper, Texas, Dr. Koch discovers that you have developed cavities or fractures in your teeth, he may recommend tooth colored fillings that cosmetically alter the color, size, and shape of your teeth. White fillings, sometimes referred to as tooth colored fillings, are dental fillings whose primary purpose is to repair and restore the cavities and fractures found in your teeth; however, white fillings also provide for a natural appearance to your repaired teeth.
What are the Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings?
Similar to the dental bonding procedure, white fillings can lessen the space between teeth, repair chipped teeth, and make teeth seem straighter. White fillings are an excellent alternative to non-amalgam materials previously used in dental restorations, which left teeth with a visible metal color. If you want to create a winning smile when repairing your teeth, then consider the following advantages of white fillings.
- Using white fillings allows almost a perfect color match to that of your natural tooth.
- Using white fillings avoids adding mercury into your body.
- Using white fillings makes the restorative process easier because they adhere chemically to your tooth versus more invasive dental repair procedures.
- Using white fillings tends to maintain and restore most of the original strength of your tooth.
- Using white fillings preserves the aesthetics of your natural smile.
- Using white fillings allows for easy replacement, if necessary.
What is the Chemical Makeup of White Fillings?
Beginning in the mid 1960s, dentists have been able to offer tooth colored filling to their patients. Since then, the dental industry has enhanced the durability, esthetics, and material handling of tooth colored fillings leading to the most versatile and widely used tooth colored filling today: composite resin. To formulate the resin, dental technicians enclose filler particles in a material that adheres to a durable matrix material. To create the composite resin tooth fillings for you, a fluid matrix of an acrylic hardens around glass filler particles to form the much-used composite resin.
What process Adheres White Fillings to the Tooth?
A relatively simple and noninvasive procedure, tooth colored fillings bond to your teeth chemically. The placement of white fillings does not always require numbing the affected area; only in cases where your tooth decay has entered beneath the enamel layer and into the underlying dentin layer of your tooth would it be necessary for Dr. Koch to numb the surrounding area for your comfort.
After Dr. Koch extracts the decayed portion of your tooth, he then cleans and coats the tooth area with a primer, opening the pores in the enamel and dentin. Then, Dr. Koch administers a bonding agent to the open pores to cure the affected area. This readies the bonding agent to bond to the white filling material. Next, he places the white filling material inside your tooth. Finally, Dr. Koch contours the tooth colored filling resin composite to resemble the natural anatomy of your tooth and uses a special curing light to harden the tooth filling. When the white tooth filling hardens, Dr. Koch checks the alignment of your bite to make sure your teeth fit together as they should. If needed, he makes bite fit and adjustments, followed by smoothing and polishing of your new white filling. He also checks to ensure he has allowed sufficient room for you to floss between your teeth as a part of your routine dental care.
White fillings are a great option for your dental repairs. The staff at Advanced Dental Care will gladly discuss white fillings and the advantages of choosing white fillings with you. Our goal is for you to be brightly smiling when you leave our office. Ask about white fillings today.