Tooth decay and cavities cannot be prevented even with efficient oral hygiene practices. A cavity should be addressed promptly; otherwise, it may affect the structure of a tooth. To safeguard the impaired tooth and prevent future dental work, the tooth must be sealed with a filling material after removing the diseased matter. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we offer white fillings to help keep the tooth's enamel intact and ensure it looks as natural as possible.
What Are White Fillings?
A white filling is a tooth-colored composite and glass mixture that can fix a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The diseased portion of the tooth will be cleaned out and then packed with a white filling. The composites can also be utilized to improve the aesthetics of a smile by reshaping an impaired tooth or changing its color. White fillings are also the best option as they contain no mercury.
Benefits of White Fillings
Besides their realistic appearance, white fillings also offer other practical benefits, such as:
The composite material is secured directly to your tooth, ensuring the filling will adhere firmly. In addition, the white fillings do not expand or contract when they experience temperature changes.
The white bonding process makes them more effective at safeguarding the teeth from future decay.
Tooth Structure Preservation
To place the white fillings, less of your natural tooth is removed to protect its structural integrity.
White fillings do not transfer heat or cold, thereby significantly reducing the amount of tooth sensitivity.
White fillings have increased flexibility as they can be used as a filling for decay and repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
The White Fillings Process
White fillings are generally placed in one appointment. Local anesthesia is given to numb the tooth, and then the decay is removed. The cavity is systematically cleaned and carefully prepared before the filling is placed. The white filling is painted in layers, and laser light hardens the material after each application. After the layers of material have been applied, it is shaped according to the tooth's structure. The white filling is then polished to avoid premature wear and discoloration. It is pretty normal to face sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures when white fillings are first placed. However, this will subside after your tooth adjusts to the new filling.
If you want to learn more about white fillings, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach Dentist Fort Lee NJ at (201) 224-2705 and schedule an appointment.