For many years, people who had to get a filling at the dentist’s office had a choice between a few different colors of metal, none of which matched the color of their teeth. In recent decades, however, fillings have been made of compounds other than metal. These newer compounds, commonly called “white fillings,” have a lot of advantages.
White fillings are actually made from a composite resin that matches the natural color of your teeth. The material is made in a medical-grade production facility, and it’s been rated as safe for use in a variety of different dental procedures.
There is no metal used in a composite filling. The result is a compound that is safer and looks a lot more natural than a metal filling.
Lower Risk of Sensitivity – The composite resin used in these filings does not transfer heat as quickly as metal does. This means that patients may not have to avoid eating hot or cold food and drinks.
Safety – These fillings are also safer. Over time, older-style metal filings can leak that metal into the mouth and bloodstream. For example, silver amalgam, one of the most common metal fillings, contains trace amounts of mercury.
Stability – Unlike metal fillings, white fillings do not expand and contract with temperature variations. Over time, this expansion and contraction cause a lot of stress on the surrounding tooth.
Natural-looking Results – The composite resin in white fillings is used in various cosmetic procedures. It blends in with the color of the teeth, making it particularly ideal for fillings in teeth that are shown when you smile.
If you’re interested in a way to repair cavities with white fillings Houston, Texas residents have come to trust, then call our office at 281-809-4902. At Vivid Dental, Dr. Monti Harpalani and the team have had years of experience working with all types of fillings, and they would love to help you with your dental health needs.