Tooth decay has been the leading dental problem that can occur to both children and adults, that damages the tooth’s surface or enamel. It happens when bacteria in the plaque accumulated in the mouth and form acids that attack the tooth enamel. Due to the sticky feature of plaque, it keeps these acids in contact with the teeth and may eventually cause the tooth enamel to break down and form holes in the teeth called cavities. When left untreated, it can cause pain, infection, or worse, may lead to tooth loss. The damage in the teeth caused by cavities is permanent.
Over the past years, amalgam or silver-colored fillings have been used in repairing problems with decayed teeth. However, like other things, amalgam fillings have their drawbacks. Amalgam fillings can be noticed easily, which makes people uncomfortable. Also, there are reports that some patients reacted or allergic to metals – which is one of the chemical components of amalgam fillings. Those things mentioned causes the people to look for a much better alternative— white fillings.
What are white fillings?
White fillings are now a popular alternative option in filling a tooth. The white fillings are a blend of tooth-colored plastics and small glass particles. And not only intended to repair cavities, but they can also be used to improve one’s smile by changing the color or shape of a tooth.
How are white fillings placed?
No matter what tooth filling material is used, the procedure is almost similar.
- The dentist will first check the shade of composite best matches the patient’s tooth color.
- After the area has been numbed, the tooth is then “prepared” by removing the decayed portion and making it ready for the restoration.
- The dentist will then place the white filling in layers and hardens them using a special curing light. The filling will be shaped to fit the patient’s tooth and polished so that it remains smooth and stain-resistant.
Why do white fillings are becoming a popular option?
One of the fascinating advantages that white filling has is that, with a good color match, it is almost impossible to be noticed that the tooth has been restored. White fillings bond directly to the enamel, providing the tooth further support and can resist wear, usually lasting them for years. Not only that, but the white filling material can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth. Furthermore, the procedure for white filling treatment does not require an extensive amount of tooth structure to be removed, thus keeping the healthy tooth structure intact.
Suspect you have a cavity? Let us help you restore and regain your teeth’ function. Avail of our White Composite Fillings in Allen, TX. Book an appointment with us at Allen Dentistry. Our dental office is located at 551 W. McDermott Dr., Allen, TX 75013.