Why the need for Cosmetic Fillings?
Fillings are needed when there is decay in a tooth. Decay happens when bacteria starts to eat away at the dentin (inside wall) of the tooth. It creates an area that needs to be cleaned out and re-filled. This material is inserted into the tooth where it then helps prevents the further spread of decay. There are two types of fillings that can be done; White (tooth colored) fillings and traditional amalgam fillings.
Amalgam fillings PROS
- Less expensive
- Faster & easier to place than white fillings
- Stronger material, but tends to weaken the tooth
Amalgam fillings CONS
- Silver weakens the teeth, makes them more likely to break
- More noticeable than white fillings
- Teeth tend to be more sensitive to hot & cold
- Some would say Mercury is Toxic
- M0re tooth structure has to be taken away with silver fillings.
White (composite) fillings PROS
- Natural looking!
- No use of mercury! So safer
- We match your shade!
- Size of the hole made for composites are smaller than for amalgams
White (composite) fillings CONS
- They are longer to fill due to the specific bonding technique required
- Insurance companies consider it cosmetic and therefore only pay the equivalent of a silver filling
- Wear out quicker in larger fillings
Can you get a composite filling?
It’s very possible, contact us today so we can find out!
Replacing Amalgam fillings with composite fillings
Because silver was the preferred material for fillings for years, a lot of patients nowadays want to get them replaced with less visible composite fillings. Your dentist will evaluate the teeth in question first to be sure a composite filling can be done. The procedure is simple. First we remove the silver fillings, then the filling is replaced with a new composite/resin filling.
Expectations / Longevity
You can expect a one appointment visit. Typically longer than other filling appointments since the bonding sequence is technique sensitive. You can expect to help us select a shade that is right for you. You can expect this filling to possibly stain over time. Composite fillings are expected to last 3 years or more. It does depend on the situation.