Many patients have an interest in finding out about tooth colored fillings. Yes, those silver fillings are still being placed within some dental clinics. In my practice, we stopped using the silver fillings in the 1990’s. The main reason for this was the success of the tooth colored fillings since the 1980’s. We no longer felt the need to place the silver fillings.
Having a tooth colored filling is not much different than having a silver filling done, from the patient’s perspective. Generally, the teeth still need to be numb in order to remove the decay. Indeed, there is still some tooth structure that has to be removed. However, with the white fillings, it is possible to remove less tooth structure because we rely on a bonding technique instead of the internal shape of the tooth preparation in order to retain the filling.
Since we are relying on the bonding technique, it must be done well. Tooth colored fillings require more diligence in the procedure itself because the bonding technique requires more attention to detail. In order to have the filling stick to the tooth, and in order to prevent sensitivity in the tooth following the procedure, the bonding technique must be done well. This is not difficult to achieve. However, attention must be properly paid during the procedure every time. If the dentist is in a hurry or is treating multiple patients at the same time, this attention may get disrupted.
These tooth colored fillings have been very successful. They look great. And with proper attention to detail, the previously associated tooth sensitivity can be prevented. These fillings can be used for treating decay, for closing gaps between teeth, for reshaping teeth, and for whitening teeth.
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