It’s estimated that about nine out of 10 adults have cavities, so it’s good to know that when you need dental fillings, you have the option of white fillings that blend in with the natural color of your teeth. Dr. Leslie McDougall at Morrow County Dental uses white fillings to repair new cavities and replace old silver fillings. Morrow County Dental has no placed a silver filling since 1999 believing that mercury and heavy metals should be avoided for the wellness of all patients. If you have any questions about fillings or overall dental care, please call her office in Mount Gilead, Ohio, to book an appointment .
Dental fillings repair an area of tooth enamel weakened by decay, but they do more than fill a cavity; fillings also restore the shape, function, and strength of your tooth. As the filling blocks spaces where bacteria can enter, it also prevents future decay.
Morrow County Dental uses only tooth-colored composites, porcelain and gold, all of which are durable. Gold, however, is very noticeable every time you smile, so many people prefer the natural look of white fillings.
White composite fillings are made from a composite resin that consists of ground glass or silica mixed with acrylic resin. This type of filling is strong and works well for small or moderate-sized fillings. White fillings are color matched so they blend in well when you need to have a front tooth filled.
Your dentist at Morrow County Dental uses a local anesthetic or other sedative, if needed, for anxiety, then uses a drill or laser to remove all of the decay and damaged enamel. After eliminating all decay, the area is prepped to ensure the composite resin adheres to the enamel.
Your dentist chooses a composite that matches your tooth color. While they’re called white fillings, the composites come in a range of shades, so your fillings will blend in perfectly with your teeth, even if your natural color is slightly off-white.
After the composite resin is placed into the prepared space in your tooth, it’s hardened with a curing light. The filling is shaped to fit your tooth and polished so it’s smooth and resistant to staining.
The best way to keep your fillings intact and preserve their longevity is with good oral hygiene that includes flossing once each day and brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Other basic care is the same as for all of your teeth: Limit sugary snacks and sodas and schedule an exam and cleaning every six months.
If you experience any problems, like tooth sensitivity or pain, be sure to schedule an appointment for a checkup, so you can avoid serious problems that develop when food or bacteria invade your tooth.