Most people have fillings in their mouths. In the past, teeth were filled with amalgam or other metals. However, now it is more common to use a white filling.
Not only does it look more natural, but it supports the remaining teeth very well. White fillings can be placed in a single visit.
What is a White Filling?
White filling is known as Composite resin. This is a tooth-colored plastic mixed with fine glass, and it is used to restore the tooth. This type of filling is very popular because it matches the natural tooth in color, texture, and translucency. Because of this, it provides a much better outcome compared to the amalgam fillings.
What Are the Main Advantages of White Fillings?
White fillings are simply more aesthetically appealing than silver amalgam fillings. They closely match the color of the surrounding natural tooth; they also can be applied to front and back teeth.
White fillings are able to create a super tight fit to the natural tooth because they are directly bonded to the tooth. This provides protection against further tooth fracture.
The bonding of white fillings to the tooth restores 90% of the original tooth strength, which leaves the tooth with good durability and resistance. Composite resin fillings usually last about 8 years.
Free of Toxic Substances
Because they are made of glass particles mixed with plastic, they do not contain the mercury that is found in amalgam fillings or any other toxic material.
How is a White Filling Procedure Performed?
The placement of white fillings doesn’t necessarily require anesthesia; this is because white fillings are chemically bonded to teeth. However, you and your dentist may choose to numb the area if there is deep tooth decay beneath the enamel layer. There are two steps to receiving a white filling:
First, the tooth surface where the filling is to be placed is cleaned. The dentist will remove the decay and apply a mild acid gel to open up the pores in the enamel. A bonding agent is then placed into the open pores and cured.
After the curing procedure, white filling is placed in layers until the desired shape is achieved. A special curing light is used to help harden the composite material. When the filling has hardened, the dentist will shape it to fit the tooth by smoothing it and polishing it.
White fillings can last for many years if they are taken care of. After the fillings have been placed, there is usually sensitivity for a few days. For good dental hygiene, you should use a soft toothbrush, use a non-abrasive toothpaste, and floss your teeth regularly. All this will help to increase the lifespan of the fillings.
What is the cost for white fillings?
At our Lincoln , NE locations, we are proud to offer affordable dentistry. We keep our prices low by accepting PPO dental insurances, offering dental payment plans, and also other payment options. We work will Lincoln Dental Plans so that we can provide affordable dental care to patients who do not have dental insurance.
The average price for a white filling in Lincoln , Nebraska is $150
If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover a certain portion of it.
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