Traditional dental fillings use silver amalgam or gold. While these fillings prevent further damage and decay, they’re obviously visible and don’t blend in with your natural teeth. At Glen Dental Center in Glenview, Illinois, Jeffrey Gilmor, DDS, Verena Phillips, DDS, and their team offer white fillings. If you have a damaged tooth or a cavity, a white filling is worth considering. Call the office to make an appointment today.
A white filling is a restorative dental material used to treat damage to one or more teeth caused by decay, teeth grinding or habits like chewing on ice or biting your fingernails.
Thanks to advances in technology, white composite fillings are just as sturdy as traditional fillings but are much more aesthetically pleasing.
Amalgam or metal fillings aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they do contain trace amounts of mercury.
Both the FDA and the American Dental Association say amalgam fillings are safe for consumers, but if you’re pregnant or you have a metal allergy, white fillings can lower your risk of potential complications.
Metal fillings also look completely different than natural teeth, which makes them more noticeable whenever you open your mouth. White fillings blend in with your tooth enamel, ensuring no one knows you’ve had work done.
Receiving a white filling requires just one visit to Glen Dental Center. First, your dentist may administer an anesthetic to numb your gums and tooth roots.
Next, your dentist carefully removes the damaged or decaying portion of your affected tooth. Finally, your dentist rinses your tooth with an antiseptic solution to remove any remaining bacteria.
After cleaning your tooth, your dentist applies your white filling in a series of layers. Your dentist gently spreads a single layer of composite resin on top of your tooth and points a special light at the resin to harden it.
Your Glen Dental Center provider repeats this process several times, restoring your tooth to its initial size and shape. After applying the final layer of resin, your dentist trims off any excess material and polishes your tooth.
You care for your white fillings just as you would your permanent teeth. Brush and floss your teeth, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, and visit the team at Glen Dental Center once every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
To learn more about the benefits of white fillings, make an appointment with the team at Glen Dental Center. Call the office today.