Tooth-colored fillings are also called white fillings or composite fillings will closely match the natural look of the tooth structure. In addition to restoring fractured or decayed teeth, tooth-colored fillings can also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth. This is especially helpful in repairing chipped teeth.
What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
- They are undetectable when you smile as they closely match your natural teeth look and color.
- White fillings are less likely to cause tooth breakage like with metal fillings.
- They bond to the tooth structure chemically but to avoid breakage all decay needs to be removed.
- The bonding of white fillings will restore 85% to 95% of the original strength of the tooth.
- The fillings harden in seconds.
- If there is any tooth sensitivity due to the use of composite resin it is very brief.
- They can be used on front and back teeth.
- If damaged, tooth-colored fillings can be repaired.
What are the disadvantages of tooth-colored fillings?
- Prolonged exposure to coffee, tea and red wine may stain them.
- They are not as strong as metal fillings.
- Prolonged use of alcoholic beverages may degrade the fillings.
- They are slightly more expensive than traditional metal fillings.
- Dental insurance companies sometimes impose a surcharge, payable by the patient, for use of white fillings.