Receiving fillings is one of the most common dental procedures done. They are added to a tooth for reasons such as but are not limited to:
- Root canals
- Cracked or damaged teeth
- As a sealant for many procedures
Most people are familiar with traditional silver fillings, but a new form of filling is growing in popularity.
What are white fillings?
White fillings act just like silver ones, but they are white in appearance. They are made up of different materials, but typically fall into a category known as a composite resin.
What do white fillings or resins do?
White fillings replace an area of a tooth that has been worked on and has typically had pieces or parts of it removed. The easiest example of this is a cavity. The decayed and damaged part of your tooth is removed and the space is then filled with a resin. This resin can be white in appearance, denoting it as a white filling.
Is there a downside to white fillings?
There isn’t necessarily a downside to white fillings, but there are differences between them and silver ones. Since they are designed to look more like natural teeth they can become stained (just like real teeth). Certain steps may be taken to reduce this from happening and in any instance a stained tooth still appears more natural than one with silver in it.
Why white fillings over silver fillings?
The primary purpose of white fillings is to perform the function of silver ones while cosmetically appearing more natural. If you need them, but don’t like the easily identifiable silver on your tooth then they is a good alternative. They can be more expensive. Check with your insurance company to see if (or how much) they cover when it comes to dental work. They may cover enough to help offset any unwanted costs.