White Composite Filling
Traditionally standard fillings have been made out of silver material called amalgam, however many people find it unattractive and unsightly. White fillings are very popular alternatives to amalgams. Sometimes, it is even impossible to see if the tooth has a filling.
White fillings are more natural looking than the regular metallic (amalgam) fillings. Metallic fillings can turn black with age and they are easy to see inside your mouth. White fillings match the colour of your teeth. Therefore, they give your teeth a more natural look. White fillings strengthen the cured tooth. White fillings do not conduct extreme hot and cold temperature like metallic fillings. Therefore, your teeth will not be as sensitive after treatment compared to metallic filling. White fillings are placed directly by the dentist and require just one appointment. Patients that are having their amalgam fillings replaced often choose having one complete side at a time replaced. In that way all silver fillings in the mouth can be replaced in only four appointments. If you have minor tooth decay or if you want to replace an existing metallic filling, you may be a good candidate for white fillings.
The Filling Procedure
Normally your dentist will notice any problematic areas on your teeth throughout your regular check ups, and as a result of this it is important that you visit a dentist on a regular basis, about once a year. If a cavity hasn’t been spotted throughout your check ups then it will become apparent as the pain increases and your tooth becomes more and more sensitive. In this case you will have to arrange an emergency appointment.
When the tooth has been identified then your dentist will want to fill it as soon as possible in order to prevent any further damage. They will clean the cavity and remove any dead or decayed elements using drills or other techniques such as air abrasion.
The tooth will be contained, and moisture from the area removed so that the filling can stick properly. An adhesive is placed to the affected area so that the filling will stick and stay in place, and then the composite filling is applied. Sometimes a light source will be used to properly bond the agents together, and you will be left with a filled cavity.