White Fillings: Natural-Looking and Mercury-Free
Most people have fillings in their mouths. In the past, teeth were filled with amalgam or other metals. However, today many people elect to have white fillings. Our office uses only white fillings. They look better, feel better, and are much safer. Find out more about our white fillings and the dangers of metal fillings below.
If you’re concerned about seeing a dentist, you’ve actually come to the right place. Our dental team is not here to shame you or make you feel uncomfortable. We won’t lecture you, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen a dentist. Instead, we want you to feel at home and to know that you’re in good hands. Our team is full of dental experts who are excellent at serving anxious or embarrassed patients. And you can rest assured that we’ve seen everything now! Patients’ teeth usually aren’t as bad as they feel. With us, you can feel like family.
Why get fillings?
For the most part, fillings are used to fix cavities in teeth. The purpose of a filling is to shield a tooth from further decay. Ultimately, if a cavity is not cleaned and protected, it will become infected and pose a serious threat to your oral and overall health. Fillings are also used occasionally to repair broken or cracked teeth. Similarly, fillings can be used to repair worn-down teeth.
The Two Main Types of Dental Fillings
Amalgam Fillings – Amalgam fillings are made up of a handful of metals, fused together to make up fillings. Although they’re still the most widely used fillings throughout the world, they contain trace amounts of mercury. A growing body of research has shown that the mercury in amalgam fillings can have serious adverse effects on a person’s overall health.
White Fillings – White fillings are made up of composite resin. This is a tooth-colored plastic mixed with fine glass, used to restore teeth. This type of filling is very popular today because it matches the natural teeth in color, texture, and translucency. Because of this, it is preferred greatly in the dental world.
What Are the Main Advantages of White Fillings?
White fillings are more aesthetically appealing than silver amalgam fillings. They closely match the color of the surrounding natural tooth. Additionally, white fillings can be applied to both front and back teeth.
White fillings are able to create a super tight fit to the natural tooth. This is because they are directly bonded to the tooth. Not only does this provide protection against further tooth fracture, it also reinforces the tooth from the inside.
The bonding of white fillings to the tooth restores 90% of the original tooth strength. This leaves the tooth with good durability and resistance. Composite resin fillings usually last about 8 years.
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 are white fillings placed?
The placement of white fillings is technically demanding and requires experience. This is because white fillings are chemically bonded to teeth. 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, the 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.
Fillings might be the most common procedure we practice at Southpointe. It’s simple and straight-forward, and we’ll have you in and out as quickly as possible.
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.
Maintenance often comes down to more than simply brushing and flossing. A good way to think about maintenance is as a proactive measure. By practicing excellent home-care, you’ll not only maintain your new white fillings, but you’ll also avoid cavities in the future. Thus, you’ll maintain your overall oral health instead of just the health of any teeth with fillings.
What is the cost of white fillings?
At our Lincoln, NE locations, we’re 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 with Lincoln Dental Plans so that we can provide affordable dental care to patients who don’t 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 the cost of white fillings.
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