What Are White Fillings?
White fillings are tooth-coloured fillings that are made of a mixture of resin and glass. Tooth-coloured fillings repair broken or decayed teeth. This alternative to silver fillings involves bonding techniques that result in strong margins and long-lasting structural support for you.
In the past, dental cavities were filled with a mixture of metal alloys, known as amalgam. We no longer use this material for many reasons. In modern dentistry, there are two types of white fillings that are available: Resin Restorations or Porcelain Onlays if the decay is very deep.
Which Type Of Filling Is Best For Me?
We offer two white filling options in our office: resin fillings or porcelain restorations. When deciding which type of filling is best, it is necessary to evaluate all the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. White fillings are slightly more expensive. However, many patients prefer the natural, beautiful look and feel of white fillings. Patients receive detailed information about their filling options and how they compare to help them make the most educated and confident decision for themselves.
What Are Posterior Resin Restorations?
This filling is the replacement for the old silver amalgam fillings that are in the back of your mouth. Resin restorations are bonded to the tooth to provide a seal between the tooth and restoration. Many shades are available; therefore, when you open your mouth, no one even knows that you even have any fillings at all. The technique we use for placement reduces the possibility of post treatment sensitivity. As with all direct restorations, if there is too much decay, an alternative is needed.
What are Porcelain Onlays?
When the restoration in a posterior tooth has too much decay, this is the best solution. An onlay covers the functional parts (the top) of the tooth. It is as strong as a crown but much less invasive. The porcelain colour blends with the colour of your natural tooth. An onlay is a long lasting cosmetic restoration, much like a crown.
What Are The Benefits of White Fillings ?
Many people find white fillings an appealing option for restorative care. Understandably, fillings that are matched to surrounding enamel have no effect on the appearance of the smile, whereas silver fillings turn dark over time. Because of the natural appearance of white fillings, this treatment option is preferred for teeth that are visible in the smile. However, appearance is not the only advantage of tooth coloured fillings.
With careful bonding techniques, white fillings adhere nicely to teeth. The bonding process of these fillings is much different than silver fillings. Because silver fillings are made with metal, they cannot bond to enamel. These fillings must be held in place mechanically, which means the dentist has to carve the tooth precisely so that the filling material will be surrounded. Mechanical retention of the silver filling requires more extensive drilling of the tooth than is necessary compared to a white filling.
Another advantage of white fillings is that the materials that are used, resin or porcelain, are not likely to corrode over time the same way metals do. Resin and porcelain also do not expand and shrink the same way that metals do. Over time, the expanding and contracting that occur with silver fillings can degrade the margins of the restoration or cause fractures in the tooth. We do not offer silver amalgam in our office for many years.
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What Dr. Slepchik’s Patients Are Saying
“I have been here several times and did fillings and root canals. From reception to assistants to the doctor everyone has a friendly and professional attitude. During the treatment, both the doctor and his assistant make me feel like I am having an appointment at my home. I had no negative experience so far. I can confidently suggest this dentist to everyone.” – S.B
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