White Fillings in Boca Raton, FL
A white filling or resin composite bonding is a tooth-colored, plastic-based dental material used in the restoration of small to medium sized cavities and defects.
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What is a White Filling or Resin Composite Bonding?
It’s a tooth-colored, plastic-based dental material used in the restoration of small to medium sized cavities.
How is it different to Silver Amalgam Fillings?
How much does it cost?
How long does the procedure take?
Are they painful?
Most of the time, you will be numb during the whole procedure, so pain is a non-issue. Only a mild initial discomfort can be expected during the numbing procedure as the tip of the needle pinches the gum and that’s about it! After the numbness goes away (usually an hour or so), some discomfort can be expected as the tooth adjusts to changes in temperature, but this shouldn’t last more than 24-48 hours.
Should I do White Fillings or Silver Fillings?
This really is more of a personal choice than a technical one. Even though resin composites are slightly more costly than amalgams, that doesn’t prevent most people choosing white fillings vs. silver fillings because of the cosmetic advantages. Technically speaking, resin composite restorations allow dentists to preserve a little more tooth structure than when doing amalgam restorations. A properly done amalgam should serve well for many years, but it is our experience that when they fail, the failure is almost certainly catastrophic: tooth fracture that may or may not compromise the nerve of the tooth. That’s not to say that composites are infallible: they too can fail, but are usually easier and less costly to repair . Due to the overwhelming popularity of white fillings, our office does not currently offer amalgam “silver” fillings.
How is a white filling done?
After anesthetizing (numbing) the area, the cavity or fractured tooth is cleaned out and prepared for bonding (gluing) the composite to the tooth, then the materials is placed in layers that are incrementally light-cured (hardened) with a UV light lamp. Ultimately, the filling is adjusted to your bite and polished to give it a natural looking appearance.
How long do they last?
When carefully placed, composite restorations can successfully serve for many years. Wear and discoloration are most often the causes for replacement. Given proper care and maintenance, white fillings can be expected to last for at least 7-10 years.