White Fillings in Mexico
Dental fillings are one of the most common dental restorations in the word. Most adults in the US have some level of tooth decay, which means many have fillings. Silver amalgam fillings have been the gold standard for many decades, but today there are many alternatives. One of the most popular modern dental filling is the white filling.
What Is A White Filling?
White fillings are made out of a material known as dental composite, also known as composite resin or simply “composite”. This is a mixture of plastic and finely ground glass which is applied as a kind of paste and then hardened with special lights.
White fillings are so-called because dental composite itself is tooth-white. The color of the composite can even be shade-matched to the color of your natural teeth.
What Are the Benefits of White Fillings?
White fillings provide a superior cosmetic result to traditional silver amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are generally quite noticeable, and have a tendency to turn black over time.
Can I Replace My Amalgam Fillings with White Fillings?
It’s very popular today for people to have their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with white fillings.
There’s a common belief that amalgam fillings are giving people mercury poisoning. The truth is that there is no real evidence to substantiate the claim, and amalgam fillings are still considered safe. However, amalgam fillings do pose other dangers to teeth. Studies have shown that amalgam fillings can, over time, contribute to teeth becoming more damaged and even result in teeth cracking.
It should be noted that while white fillings are no likely to damage your teeth, they are less durable than other fillings. They will need to be replaced more regularly, and generally aren’t suitable to the back teeth where bite force is strongest when chewing.
What’s the Process for White Fillings?
White fillings are quick and generally painless for patients to get. The process simply involves layering on composite resin paste and hardening it with a special light. This is repeated layer-by-layer until the decayed area is filled with composite and the tooth is restored.
The tooth being treated will be numbed with local anesthetic to prevent any pain or discomfort. There may be some tooth sensitivity in the day or two afterwards, but this largely depends on how sensitive your teeth are before the treatment.
If you’ve noticed holes in your teeth, or are concerned about your amalgam fillings, contact our team today. We’ll discuss whether white fillings are a suitable alternative, and walk you through your options for replacing or receiving your fillings.