If your dentist has informed you that you need a cavity filled, but you have concerns about your appearance, do not fret! Today, more patients ask their dentists about white fillings because they want their teeth to look natural when they laugh, talk and smile. White fillings, also called composite fillings, are made from tooth-colored materials that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth.
A composite filling usually requires only one visit, during which the tooth is prepared and restored. An advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to composite materials’ ability to bond to teeth.
White fillings, like other dental materials, may require periodic replacement. If the edge of the filling eventually pulls away from the tooth, bacteria can get between the tooth filling and the enamel and eventually may cause a cavity. Tooth decay over time may develop elsewhere on the tooth. Regular dental checkups are important because they allow the dentist to detect a problem in the early stage.
Here at Tarpon River Dental, we place white fillings routinely and can make the experience as comfortable as possible. Come to Fort Lauderdale’s best dental office to experience the difference; we know you’ll be thrilled with the result!