White or tooth-coloured fillings are a popular alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings for treating cavities and restoring damaged or decayed teeth.
They are made of composite resin materials that are designed to match the colour of the natural tooth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing and seamless result.
White fillings offer several advantages over silver amalgam fillings. They are more conservative and require less removal of healthy tooth structure to place, as they bond directly to the tooth surface. They also do not contain any mercury, which is a concern for some patients. Additionally, they can be used to repair small chips or cracks in the teeth, improving their strength and durability.
The process of placing a white filling involves removing the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth and preparing the area for the filling material. The composite resin material is then applied in layers and cured with a special light. Once the filling is complete, it is shaped and polished to match the natural contours of the tooth.
White fillings are durable and long-lasting when properly cared for. Good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental check-ups can help extend the life of the filling.
It is important to note that white fillings may not be suitable for all patients or all types of cavities. They may not be recommended for large or heavily loaded cavities, or for patients who have a high risk of developing new cavities. In these cases, a different type of filling material may be recommended.
White or tooth-coloured fillings offer a safe, effective, and aesthetically pleasing option for restoring damaged or decayed teeth.