Composite White Fillings
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings, also called white fillings or tooth colored fillings, are direct fillings made of a special dental resin material that provides strength and durability, along with a natural tooth-like appearance.
How are white fillings different from porcelain fillings?
White, or tooth colored fillings, differ from porcelain fillings in that they are a different type of material, and they are applied differently. Composite filling material is resin based rather than ceramic based. Composite is less durable than porcelain fillings, but it is also less expensive. Composite white fillings are also applied differently than ceramic fillings, in that they are packed directly into the cavity and then hardened, whereas porcelain fillings are uniquely crafted for your tooth and then affixed.
Are composite white fillings right for me?
Composite white fillings are an excellent and affordable option for many patients who are on a budget or who plan more extensive dental work in the future and thus don’t require the durability of porcelain fillings.
Are composite white fillings long-lasting?
While they do not last as long as porcelain fillings, dental composite fillings can last anywhere from seven to ten years or longer with proper care.
How long does the white fillings procedure take?
The procedure for composite white fillings is done in a single office visit. The length of time of that visit may vary somewhat depending on the specific work being done.
Why porcelain fillings?
Porcelain fillings are the strongest, most durable, and natural looking option available for tooth restoration today.
Are porcelain fillings safe?
Yes. Porcelain fillings are made of safe, natural, ceramic materials.
Are porcelain fillings durable?
Yes. The porcelain material used in porcelain fillings is a specially formulated dental material, which is stronger than natural tooth enamel.
Should I have my amalgam fillings replaced with porcelain?
Many of our porcelain fillings patients ask us this question, and the answer depends on the patient. If your metal-mercury amalgam fillings are beginning to degrade or chip away, we do recommend replacing them with strong, long-lasting porcelain fillings. If your metal-mercury fillings have been placed years ago and your teeth exhibit fractures we would recommend replacing them with composite fillings or porcelain restorations.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your existing metal-mercury fillings, we can assess your situation and help you evaluate your options for improving the look of your smile.
If you have questions about whether your fillings should be replaced, call or email us to schedule your personal consultation. We’ll explain your options and answer any questions you might have.
Are porcelain fillings right for me?
If you have cavities that require filling, or if your existing fillings have begun to degrade, long-lasting, durable porcelain fillings are an excellent option for you.
The best way to answer these and other questions for yourself, of course, is to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. George and her team. They will give you a thorough examination and explain all your options to you personally.