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Are White Fillings Right for You?

Posted on 11/13/2015 by Jonathan Woodyard
A diagram of a silver dental filling inside a patients tooth.Your smile is a valuable asset, and when you get a cavity, the thought of having a metal filling put into place that will diminish the beauty of your smile could be a distressing idea. However, dental technology has increased tremendously in recent years, and now, composite white fillings are available to give you a more natural-looking smile. These fillings are extremely popular with dental patients who are unhappy with the metallic appearance of silver-colored fillings, and many people are choosing to replace their fillings with white options. However, white fillings won't be for everyone, so it is important that you learn more about this restoration before choosing to pursue it.

What Are the Benefits of White Fillings?

There are numerous benefits to choosing composite resin fillings over traditional options:

•  Support. White fillings will bond to the tooth in order to offer support to areas that have been weakened by decay. You can also retain more of the natural structure of your tooth, strengthening the final product.
•  Appearance. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings will appear just like your natural tooth. The color will be selected to match the rest of your teeth, making a white filling a great option for the front of the mouth.
•  Durability. White, composite fillings are extremely durable and will resist fractures when used in small or medium-sized cavities. The durability of these fillings has also improved to the point where they can be used on the back molars, whereas in the past this would not have been recommended.
•  Less thermal sensitivity. Metal fillings are sensitive to temperature changes, so when they are exposed to cold or hot foods, the filling could crack. White fillings have insulating properties that can protect them from temperature changes.

How Do White Fillings Work?

Your composite fillings can be put into place by your regular dentist, although the process does tend to be a little more complicated than a traditional amalgam filling. Your dentist will first isolate the tooth to keep it dry from saliva, and a drill will be used to remove the infected portion. Next, the composite resin will be placed over the opening in a series of layers, and a specialized light will be used after each layer to harden the material. Once the tooth has been filled entirely, the resin can be shaped in order to match the rest of your teeth. While the overall process might require more time in the dental office, most patients are pleased with the final results.

What Other Things Should You Consider Before Opting for White Fillings?

Before you decide on a white filling - or before you make the decision to replace all of your metal fillings with composite options - you should remember that this method isn't going to be for everyone. They likely aren't a good selection for large filings, and they will generally need to be replaced within 7 to 10 years. Unfortunately, this doesn't make them as long-lasting as the metal options. Also, while they can give your mouth a natural appearance, tooth-colored fillings can be vulnerable to stains.

A good dentist will be able to evaluate the health of your smile to determine if white fillings are right for your teeth. Composite resin can restore your teeth while also providing you with a smile that appears more natural than amalgam. Dental patients are often thrilled with the prospect that they have more choices than ever when it comes to their fillings, so if you need additional guidance on which type might be right for you, be sure to contact our office to set up a consultation.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

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