Composite White Fillings
Composite fillings, also referred to as white fillings, are excellent and natural-looking alternatives to traditional metal amalgam fillings.
Our cosmetic dentist will apply the filling that is crafted from a mixture of dental resin and other materials, and mimics the color, texture, and appearance of natural tooth material.
About the Material
The material for composite, or white fillings is a specially formulated composite of a strong dental resin and other particulate material designed for maximum strength, adhesion, and tooth like appearance.
Applied directly to the cavity during a filling procedure, the composite is custom-mixed on site and then molded and formed to fill the tooth precisely. It is then cured using a specially calibrated light that creates a sturdy, durable, finish that mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel.
About the Composite White Fillings Procedure
The procedure for a composite filling is very similar to that for a traditional metal-mercury amalgam filling, completed by our cosmetic dentist in the course of a single office visit.
First, your damaged tooth will be cleaned and the decayed portion cleared thoroughly. Then, the dental composite material will be custom mixed to look just like the rest of your teeth.
The composite material, which is a putty-like consistency, is then packed carefully into the cavity, and the filling formed to the shape of your natural tooth. Depending on the extent and complexity of the cavity, several layers may be applied individually.
Once your filling is the correct size and dimensions, the composite material will be cured using a special handheld device that aims a targeted beam of bright light at the filling. This creates a hard, durable, enamel-like surface that can withstand all normal uses such as biting and chewing.
Lastly, any final adjustments will be made to ensure that the filling doesn’t interfere with your proper jaw alignment and that the tooth looks and fits properly with surrounding teeth.
Porcelain fillings are a strong, durable, natural looking option for restoring teeth damaged by decay.
Made from a specially formulated porcelain composite material, porcelain fillings can restore your damaged teeth to their full function and natural beauty. More durable than other types of filling, porcelain fillings can actually strengthen the tooth.
About the Material
Porcelain fillings are crafted from a specially formulated dental ceramic material. This porcelain material is designed to be tough, durable, and visually indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel.
The longest lasting dental filling material available today, porcelain ceramic fillings can last as long as thirty years, and are stronger and more durable than even natural teeth.
The Porcelain Filling Procedure
Porcelain fillings are often referred to as inlays and onlays. What this means is that, rather than being shaped in the tooth itself, your porcelain fillings will be created in a laboratory and then placed within and adhered to your tooth.
Your porcelain filling procedure will be done over the course of two office visits by our cosmetic dentist. During your first visit, the decayed portion of your tooth will be cleared, and we will take an impression of your tooth, which we will use to mold your new porcelain filling.
We will then fit you with a temporary filling to protect your tooth until your next visit.
During your second visit, once your filling is completed, we will bond your new filling to your tooth, creating a durable permanent bond.