Years ago, dentists filled cavities with metal amalgam. These materials did a good job of filling the cavity, but gradually weakened the tooth until it fractured. Today, thanks to advanced metal free dental technology, natural-looking, metal free white fillings are a superior alternative.
Metal-free dentistry uses white composite fillings that are bonded to the tooth tissue. These fillings actually strengthen teeth by exerting inward pressure. In contrast, metal fillings exert outward pressure because they are not part of the tooth – they are simply packed tightly into the cavity. For more information about the advantages of composite dental fillings, please call Exceptional Dentistry today at 563-556-2711.
Why White Fillings Are Superior to Metal Amalgam
White fillings are made from a mercury-free composite resin material similar to what is used for dental bonding. Typically they last for seven to ten years.
Additional advantages of composite fillings include:
- There is no weakening of remaining healthy tooth structure
- They can fill smaller cavities and require no healthy tooth structure to be removed
- Over time, they do not show through the enamel and darken the tooth
- They are easy to repair if needed
- Being metal free, they do not transmit heat or cold to the tooth’s nerve
- They do not expand and contract with hot and cold foods
- They give more natural and attractive results
- They are bonded to the tooth, preventing breakage
The White Filling Procedure
The decayed portion of the tooth is removed and a mild acid solution is used to etch the tooth surfaces. This assists in bonding the white composite durably. The composite is placed in layers, and a curing light is used to harden each layer.
Before the final polishing, your bite is tested to make sure that the opposing teeth will meet the filled tooth smoothly, and that you feel comfortable with it.
Caring for Your White Fillings
Your new white fillings do not require any special care beyond regular dental hygiene, including brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste and daily flossing. You may wish to use an alcohol-free mouth rinse, since alcohol can soften the composite material over time. Dental checkups and cleanings every six months will help maintain your new fillings and help to ensure excellent overall dental health.
The team at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque recommends metal-free white fillings for a long-lasting restoration and a beautiful, healthy smile. Please email our office today or call 563-556-2711 to schedule your consultation. Also serving Galena, IL, and the Davenport and Cedar Rapids areas of Iowa.