Regardless of how committed you are to your oral health regime of brushing, flossing and regular professional care, sometimes decay can sneak in and a cavity will form in your tooth. Cavities should be treated as soon as possible to avoid worsening or potentially leading to a root canal or extraction. When it comes to filling a cavity, Sana Dental is pleased to offer tooth-coloured white dental fillings.
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What is a Filling?
A dental filling is used to restore shape and function back to damaged or decayed teeth. When a cavity forms, the decayed or damaged tooth material must be removed. Once the decayed or damaged tooth material is removed, the affected area of the tooth is cleaned, and the cleaned out cavity (or hole) is filled with a composite material, or the filling. At Sana Dental, we prefer tooth-coloured white dental fillings.
Types Of Dental Fillings
Amalgam, or silver fillings have been used successfully in dentistry for decades. The trouble with amalgam fillings is their content. As their name implies, they are made up of a mixture of metals including tin, silver, copper and mercury. While some people consider the mercury content risky or toxic, the true disadvantage to metal fillings is the property of the mixture. Because metal expands and contracts, over time gaps and cracks can form between the filling and your tooth, opening the door for bacteria and decay to set in. Some people also find silver fillings unsightly, as the silver metal is noticeable against your teeth.
Composite tooth coloured, or white fillings, are made of a blend of tooth coloured plastic and glass. In the early days, resin compound fillings were not deemed strong enough to withstand the high-pressure grinding and chewing of back teeth. Today however, the materials used in what some call “metal free fillings” have improved enough to allow the use of resin material in back teeth. Durable and colour-matched to your existing teeth, white fillings blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, so no one will even know you even have a filling.
For larger problems, porcelain fillings, known as inlays or onlays, may be recommended. Porcelain is an extremely strong and stain resistant material. Porcelain restorations are custom-made in a lab and then sent back to be fitted. Because of the extensive work and extra steps involved, porcelain fillings usually cost more than white or amalgam fillings. However, the end result when using porcelain is stunning.
Benefits Of White Fillings
- White fillings are more aesthetically pleasing, as they can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth and blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, making them virtually invisible.
- White fillings match many of the qualities of natural teeth, such as wear resistance and translucency, as well as strength and durability.
- White fillings provide a strong and stable bond to your teeth.
- White fillings do not contain mercury, which some people consider toxic
- While fillings can be used to treat even the smallest of cavities.
Should You Replace Your Old Metal Fillings?
When considering whether to replace your old metal fillings, we recommend considering a few factors:
- Cost: Replacing a metal filling does have a cost attached – one that your dental insurance may not cover.
- The drill factor: The removal of an old filling requires the oft dreaded dental drill and, in some cases, the removal of healthy tooth structure.
- The state of the metal filling: If your old filling is in good shape, it may be a good idea to consider leaving well enough alone.