Tooth colored fillings, also called white fillings, are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth. This quality is particularly useful in closing gaps between teeth; repairing chipped teeth and making teeth appear to be more straight or even.
If you could have fillings that matched the natural color of your teeth so well that nobody could tell the difference, would you choose them over metal?
Metal fillings vs tooth-colored fillings.Not only do tooth-colored fillings offer an aesthetic alternative to “silver” (dental amalgam) fillings that’s hard to match — they may also allow for a more conservative treatment method that preserves more of the tooth’s structure. When you put these advantages together, it’s no wonder more patients are asking for tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a blend, or “composite,” of plastic resins and silica fillers. These substances mimic many of the qualities of natural tooth structure, such as wear-resistance and translucency. Dental composites also help strengthen teeth.
What are the advantages of tooth colored fillings (white fillings)?
They closely match natural tooth color and appearance.
They bond to tooth structure chemically and thus do not require the placement of slots, grooves or pins in healthy tooth structure to mechanically retain them.
The bonding of white fillings to the tooth restore 85% – 95% of the original strength of the tooth.
They completely harden in seconds instead of days required by some other materials.
Tooth sensitivity, if any, due to composite resin use is minimal and brief.
They may be used on front and back teeth without compromising esthetics.
If damaged they can be repaired.
Composite resin fillings are precisely shaded to match the smile’s natural appearance blending seamlessly. The material is not sensitive to changes in temperature, and it is directly applied to the prepared tooth without any bonding material between the natural structure and restoration. Tooth-colored fillings are applied directly to the tooth, shaped, and hardened into position all in just one visit. Contact our trusted team to find out more about composite resin restorations or schedule an appointment with our team.