White fillings – also known as composite fillings – are composed of a tooth-colored plastic and silicon mixture that’s used to restore decayed or fractured teeth. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural. A white filling gives the dentist the ability to blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Since composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, they help insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes and prevent breakage.
Composite fillings cost more than silver fillings and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. 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. No filling lasts forever but under the right circumstances, a white filling can provide a long-lasting, attractive restoration for many situations. Call us for a consultation to see if white fillings are right for you.