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White fillings are one of the most commonly used restorations by dentists to fill a cavity. Not only are they widely used, but they are also very popular among patients seeking a dental restoration that can blend into their smile seamlessly. Dr. Kisha Carter, Dr. Jaime Kim, and the team at BLUSH Dental Studio welcome patients to their East Point, Georgia office who are seeking a way to treat tooth decay.
Unlike old silver amalgam fillings, white fillings (also called composite fillings) provide a better esthetic for patients seeking a solution to cavities and tooth decay. They are metal-free and incredibly durable because they are bonded to the tooth.
A white composite dental filling is a restorative dental treatment for cavities and tooth decay. Not only are they metal-free, but unlike metal amalgam fillings, they are white in color and can be shaded to match the shade of the tooth it is being applied to. Metal amalgam fillings, which were the go-to fillings for decades, are grey or gold in color (dependent on their composition). Also, unlike amalgam fillings, white fillings are physically bonded to the tooth. This results in a restoration that is durable and long-lasting.
White fillings are made of a composite resin that is a mix of fine glass particles and plastic. A composite resin filling is applied to a cavity in layers before it is hardened using a specific curing light. This is what creates the very strong bond your filling will make with the tooth.
There are several reasons why white fillings have taken over the dental world, with many dentists completely abandoning old metal fillings. Let’s look at some of these benefits offered by white composite fillings.
The aesthetic of a white filling is one big reason it has become so widely used in the dental community. Patients love the natural appearance of a white filling as opposed to old metal fillings, which are grey in appearance and highly visible anytime one opens their mouth. A white filling is an option that allows for a dental restoration that is indistinguishable and discreet.
White fillings are made of a composite resin that can be bonded directly to the affected tooth. Because it is bonded, your dentist can preserve more of the tooth’s natural structure. This increases your chances of having better long-term oral health with a reduced risk of complications.
White composite fillings are not used just to fill cavities but can also be used in other dental treatments. The composite filling material can be used to fix a cracked or chipped tooth, close gaps between teeth, and even correct the size and shape of a tooth for cosmetic reasons. This versatility makes composite resin fillings an invaluable solution that dentists can use to enhance a patient’s smile.