Everyone wants to have that perfect smile. But what makes it really perfect? A complete set of perfectly white teeth, or a smile that gives confidence to the person wearing it? No matter how you define a perfect smile, it is a must that the teeth should be well taken care of for hygienic purposes. Having cavities and tooth decay do not only compromise the confidence of the person, but his health as well.
Fortunately, there are dentists who can help with tooth problems, whether you want a root canal surgery, extraction, whitening, or white fillings (no metals).
Cavities are one of the most common problems anyone can experience today. These cause teeth to be broken, but they can be restored easily through fillings.
What are white fillings?
They are also referred to as composite fillings. These are made of plastic material that is designed to match the color of the teeth. Any defective or decayed tooth can be restored through it, but the tooth should be strong in order to support the filling.
Where is it placed?
A filling is naturally placed on the front of the tooth, but there are instances wherein a part of the back tooth needs to be restored as well. For small areas that need fillings, a white filling is often chosen.
How are fillings done?
The process starts by removing the decayed portion of the tooth. An acid solution is applied to the surface of the tooth to prepare it for cleaning. A bonding agent is then applied, followed by a composite filling. A special light is used to harden and polish the surface.
Two types of fillings:
- Silver fillings – These contain mercury, silver and copper filling, and are silver in color
- White fillings – These are made of acrylic plastic, powdered glass, and true porcelain, and are tooth-colored
Which one to choose?
When choosing the type of filling, most patients today prefer white fillings. One of the common reasons is because they look more like natural teeth, so patients won’t feel embarrassed or conscious when they smile even if they have fillings because people won’t notice. Another reason why white is preferred over silver is because of the presence of mercury in silver fillings. Some patients believe that this is harmful to them.
But which lasts longer? White or silver? Some patients would say that silver lasts longer. But the good news is that white fillings now have new materials that make them last longer, similar to that of silver. But there are factors that affect the longevity of the fillings as well, such as its location, how a person bites, etc. You can ask your dentist about how long your filling can last and when it needs to be replaced.
When you decide to replace your silver fillings with white ones, remember to consult your dentist about it. There are different scenarios, so talking to your dentist will ensure that the procedure will be successful.