Tooth Coloured Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to cosmetics. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth. Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling.
Are Tooth Coloured Fillings Safe?
Both scientific studies and clinical experience have shown that tooth-colored restorations (fillings) are safe, reliable and long-lasting. Plus, they look great.Tooth-colored fillings are made of a blend, or “composite,” of plastic resins and silica fillers.
Do white fillings hurt?
A dentist generally uses a local anesthesia when placing a composite resin dental filling to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort during the procedure. It’s also possible to get a composite resin dental filling without anesthetic, especially if the cavity is not very deep.
How long are tooth fillings supposed to last?
These restorations also usually require less drilling, which means more of your healthy tooth can be kept intact. However, while they’re definitely more aesthetically pleasing, they may not always be an option. White fillings don’t last as long as silver fillings, and on average sustain for about 7-10 years.
Can I get my fillings changed to white?
It is usually best to change fillings only when your dental team decide that an old filling needs replacing. If so, you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material. Some dentists prefer not to put white fillings in back teeth, as they are not always successful.
Do silver or white fillings last longer?
Silver fillings are also less expensive than white fillings, so they’re good for your bottom line. If you develop a cavity in a highly visible part of your mouth, you may prefer a tooth-colored filling. However, these fillings are weaker than silver fillings and might not last as long.
Can I eat after a white filling?
The dentist might request you wait a while before eating any type of food, especially if your filling is silver.If you receive a white composite filling, you will likely be able to eat and drink after the appointment ends. After the numbness wears off, you can drink and eat to your heart’s content.