Cosmetic Fillings

Fillings That Have A Natural Appearance

White fillings are now more popular than ever. White fillings blend in with your regular teeth, allowing your smile to appear as natural as possible. They are much different than metallic fillings, which stand out and are very noticeable.

Composite Resin or Fillings

White fillings can be comprised of a composite resin. Composite resins are a combination of both glass and plastic. They can be designed to blend in with the existing color of your teeth. There are many uses for composites; they can help in places where the tooth has decayed, they can be used for cosmetic purposes and they can also help with restorations. Dentists often talk about composites with the patient if they are working at the front of the mouth; this is because composites do not stand out and look like the surrounding teeth.

If a patient is getting a composite filling, they normally have to visit the dentist just once to have it put in. At that visit, the decay is removed from the tooth. The dentist often uses a band to help with the process. An adhesive is then put in the tooth and the composite resin follows, usually in several think layers. The dentist uses a light on each layer before proceeding to the next. Once the dentist gets to the last layer, he spends a few minutes shaping it and polishing it.

Patients like composite fillings because they do not stand out and look like the surrounding teeth. In addition, the dentist does not have to take out as much of the tooth in this procedure. The composite resin attaches to the tooth to help keep everything in place.

Of course, composite fillings do have some negatives associated with them. Silver fillings tend to be more durable, particularly when it comes to large cavities. With smaller cavities, it does not make as much of a difference. In addition, the composite filling may change color over time. To help reduce the likelihood of this, you can request that the dentist put a plastic, see through coating over the material. Composite fillings are also more expensive than silver fillings, and since insurance companies may not pay, the patient has a larger out of pocket expense.

Porcelain Inlays and Also Onlays

In order to achieve a natural look, patients may also opt for a porcelain inlay or onlay, which are also tooth-colored. Inlays and onlays help to fix teeth that have worn down or that are riddled with decay. They work well for back teeth.

If you are having this procedure done, you will see your dentist at least twice to have the work performed. Initially, the dentist will get rid of the decay and make a tooth impression. A dental lab will then create the porcelain material, which the dentist puts in during another visit.

Porcelain inlays and onlays can cost a lot of money, in part because of the multiple office visits and the help of the lab. However, porcelain is very durable, although it can break in certain situations. It is also important to be aware that you will likely have more of your tooth taken out than if you had a composite filling.

Your white filling will probably not last forever. You can still experience decay around the filling. You must continue to visit your dentist to ensure that you do not have any more problems going forward.