What are White Fillings?
White fillings are sometimes referred to as composite fillings. They are used instead of amalgam fillings when treating cavities or decayed teeth.
What are the advantages of White Fillings?
White fillings are more natural looking than the regular metallic (amalgam) fillings. Metallic fillings can turn black with age and they are easy to see inside your mouth. White fillings match the color of your teeth. Therefore, they give your teeth a more natural look.
Unlike metallic fillings, white fillings do not contain mercury. Some argue that mercury from the metallic fillings may be hazardous to your health.
White fillings strengthen the cured tooth. Layers of silicon dioxide, which is a plastic mixture filled with glass are used to fill and stabilize the tooth.
Silicon dioxide does not conduct extreme hot and cold temperature like metallic fillings. Therefore, your teeth will not be as sensitive after treatment compared to metallic filling.
White fillings harden very quickly after they are placed. Metallic fillings usually take couple of hours to harden.
Who are good candidates for White Fillings?
If you have minor tooth decay or if you want to replace an existing metallic filling, you may be a good candidate for white fillings.