The goal behind preventive dentistry is to prevent tooth decay. It’s the reason that dentists prioritize patient education and promote homecare so ardently. Unfortunately, sometimes tooth decay occurs despite a patient’s best efforts. When a tooth has become damaged by tooth decay, early intervention is important. The placing of a dental filling can remove decayed material from a tooth and reinforce the tooth against further decay. Without intervention, the tooth could eventually become infected, die, and finally fall out.
However, oral health is not the only focus of modern dentistry and modern patients. There is a large impetus placed on appearance in our society, and a person’s teeth are a highly scrutinized attribute. A silver, or amalgam, filling does not offer great cosmetic results, but that doesn’t mean that an aesthetically pleasing filling is out of the question.
What Is a White Filling?
A white filling is made of a composite resin that matches the color of teeth. When placing a white filling, Dr. Staten will first scrape away any decayed material from the damaged tooth. She will then place the resin into the cavity and dry it. Next she will take an impression of the filled tooth to look for any rough edges. After smoothing those edges, Dr. Staten will polish the tooth, finishing the procedure.
White Fillings vs. Silver Fillings
There are a couple of distinctions worth noting between white and silver fillings. First, white fillings over better cosmetic results than silver fillings because they are able to blend with the color of the tooth, keeping the filling discrete. Second, silver fillings contain trace amounts of mercury that make the metals used in silver fillings malleable. Anyone who is allergic to mercury as well as children and pregnant women should opt for a white filling instead.
Schedule a Visit with Dr. Staten
Do you need a white filling? Schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Staten today by calling 702-736-7979.