What you should know about getting white fillings in Colorado Springs: Most people have fillings in their mouths. These days fillings can have natural appearance, as well as perform the function they are meant to perform. Many people do not want silver fillings because they’re conscious about their look or appearance. In a society focused on a bright smile, most people tend to want teeth fillings that blend perfectly with the natural color of their teeth. That’s where white fillings come in.
White Fillings Explained
White fillings, also referred to as composite fillings, are made of a combination of tooth-colored plastic and glass particles. White fillings are used by dentists to restore decayed teeth as well as for cosmetic improvements of the smile. White fillings are metal free, and they match your teeth in color so they are undetectable. Because they’re not affected by temperature fluctuations in your mouth, using white fillings eliminate the expansion that metal fillings usually undergo and protect your tooth against fracture.
How It Works
Generally, the process at Schope Dental to place white fillings works this way:
Following preparation, a Dr. Betty Jo Schope places the composite or white fillings in layers. The material in white fillings is soft when it is placed, allowing us to ensure the filling fills the cavity properly. Once placed, Dr. Schope uses a special blue light to bond the composite resin to the teeth, thereby hardening the white fillings. Bonding the material to your teeth ensures that they won’t fall out.
When the process is completed, Dr. Schope then polishes the composite material to prevent staining. With the use of composite material very little tooth structure is required to be removed for placement, preserving more of the natural tooth.
The Cost of White Fillings
Because many white fillings are considered a cosmetic treatment, many people have them done privately. Prices can vary greatly from dentist to dentist, but white fillings can cost up to twice the cost of a silver filling. Costs often depend on the type and size of white filling used, and how long it takes to perform the procedure. Costs for dental treatments may also vary from city to city, but we can provide you with information on the cost before you sign up for treatment.
Durability of Composite Fillings
Although composite or white fillings are considered less durable than silver amalgam fillings, there are now new materials that are as successful as amalgam fillings. How long a composite or white filling lasts can also depend on where it is placed and how heavily the teeth come together when a person bites. Dr. Schope can evaluate your situation and let you know how long your fillings can last.
After receiving a composite treatment, you may experience sensitivity issues. Also, the shade of the white fillings can change slightly if you drink coffee, tea, red wine, cola, black tea or other staining foods and beverages. Dr. Schope can use a clear plastic material to coat the filling to preserve the color if you are particularly concerned about your tooth color.
Some people wonder if it is worth replacing their amalgam fillings with composite or white fillings. It is usually advisable to change dental fillings only when it’s determined that an old filling should be replaced. If you need to have your old fillings replaced, you can request white fillings.
White Fillings Offered by Schope Dental
If you’re considering white fillings, be sure to contact Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist, Betty Jo Schope, DDS, to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.