Tooth-Colored Fillings, Composite fillings, Porcelain Fillings
Many people are concerned about the “silver” fillings in their mouths. This concern can sometimes hold people from social situations. Whether your wish to achieve a more natural-looking smile, or you need to have some failing fillings replaced, you have some options. Fortunately, this can be achieved with tooth-colored fillings. Tooth-colored fillings is a great cosmetic dentistry tool.
Why White, Tooth-Colored Fillings?
A beautiful filling is done by using "white" fillings instead of amalgam fillings. White fillings are technically called "tooth-colored" because they can reflect the color and translucency of natural teeth. In addition, white “tooth-colored” fillings bond with the tooth, an advantage not offered by amalgam fillings. The bond prevents leakage of germs and saliva and makes the filling last longer. White “tooth-colored fillings are made of either a composite (plastic) resin or porcelain.
When using composite filling, Dr. Elseweifi would prepare the tooth for bonding. He would then place a bonding material and cure with a special light. Dr. Elseweifi then picks the proper composite filling that matches the natural color of your teeth. He then places the composite filling in layers and cures it using the light. The filling is then polished.
Porcelain fillings are usually used when a big part of the tooth is missing or broken. They are also called porcelain inlays or porcelain onlays. You can look at them as partial crowns. Porcelain fillings are fabricated in the dental lab and usually need two appointments. After removing decay and preparing the tooth, Dr. Elseweifi would take an impression for the tooth and surrounding teeth. He would then cover the tooth with a temporary. In the second appointment, Dr. Elseweifi would try the custom-made porcelain filling and bond it to the tooth.
Is Amalgam Still Used?
The answer is yes. There are situations where amalgam is the best filling material. In contrast to white “tooth-colored” fillings, amalgam fillings are less technique sensitive. Amalgam is a goof filling material for children. It is also the best in situations where the teeth cannot be kept dry while placing a filling. For example, patients with special needs may not be able to cooperate, which makes placing a good composite filling hard or even impossible.