White Composite Fillings
What is a White Composite Filling?
Composite fillings are tooth colored fillings to restore a tooth from decay and cavities, which can lead to discomfort and pain when food and other substances come into contact with them due to the nerve possibly being exposed. One of the main reasons they are becoming a popular method for tooth repair is that they are more aesthetic. In addition to their appearance, White Composite Fillings have many advantages to prolonging the life of your damaged tooth.
What are the benefits to having White Composite Fillings?
The first advantage to choosing White Composite Fillings as your method for repair is that they are easy and safe. White Composite Fillings take the shape of your damaged tooth and create a durable filling for your tooth to function without breaking. The first step Dr. Bishara will take is making sure all decay has been removed properly. Next, he will fill the tooth with layers of composite and then harden them with a special light. As each layer is hardened, another layer is applied, until the tooth is completely filled. This provides more stability for the tooth to function. Then Dr. Bishara, your Marietta dentist, will reshape the composite to properly fit each tooth.
Polishing is the last step in order to prevent staining and early wear down. After the polishing stage is completed, you are now on your way to having properly functioning teeth for many years to come. After completing your procedure, it is very important to follow up regularly with your professional Marietta dentistfor yearly check-ups.
White-Composite Fillings VS Amalgam Fillings
Dental amalgam fillings (silver fillings) have been around for about 150 years. They are made of silver, copper, tin, mercury, and zinc. They are durable and time-tested, but they are considered aesthetically inferior because they blacken over time and can give teeth a gray appearance, while not providing any additional strength. In addition to their aesthetic disadvantage, Amalgam fillings can be more dangerous due to their mercury levels. As they begin to deteriorate, the mercury leaks into your system and can cause long term effects on your body. High mercury levels that are ingested can cause several medical problems over time such as:
- Autoimmune disorders/reactions
- Kidney problems
- A high risk connected to Alzheimer’s disease
- Resistance to antibiotics
Composite fillings have been around for about two decades. They have the advantage of requiring a more “conservative” tooth preparation; can have a strengthening effect on the tooth and are very aesthetic because they are tooth colored. The biggest benefit of having white composite fillings, instead of amalgam fillings, is that they are mercury-free, making them easier to install and safer for your health.
What should I expect to pay for my White Composite Filling?
Cost is always important to take into consideration and varies depending on your dentist and your location. The best way to find out pricing and plans is to
come in and see us at our Marietta Dental Office location. Our professional dental staff takes pride in consulting with every patient about their needs and desires for having a beautiful, healthy smile. At J & J Dental, we will work with you to find the best financial solution possible to make sure you are not only leaving satisfied with your results, but you are also confident in what you paid to have your procedure done.
Before deciding on any kind of cosmetic or general dental work, feel free to contact us or schedule a consultation with Dr. John Bishara to go over all possible procedures and talk about your options. We are always here at our Marietta Dental office to help you find the best solution to meet your needs and your budget.