What are Tooth Fillings?
White fillings have been around since the 1980s. They are now considered a very nice alternative to the classical silver fillings.
The advantage of white fillings is their ability to seal and bond to the tooth structure. As a result of this seal or bond, these white fillings can be more resistant to recurrent decay.
A second advantage of white fillings is that they are more insulative than silver fillings. As a result of this property, white fillings can be less sensitive to cold air, fluids, and foods.
An obvious third advantage of white fillings is that they appear much more natural.
However, white fillings come with some disadvantages.
Firstly, the placement of white fillings is much more demanding technically. The dentist placing these must be diligent and attentive to provide for the best bond of the white filling to the tooth structure.
Secondly, if there is a deficiency in the technique and procedure of the dentist, these white fillings can be extremely sensitive and painful.
Thirdly, the dentist controls the white material and bonding agents to be used. The quality of the materials chosen does vary. Some materials may not bond as well to tooth structure and other materials may be weaker and wear at a greater rate.
My patients rarely encounter the down side of white fillings. We carefully select our materials for the benefit of our patients. We are also very meticulous with our technique and attentiveness.
A white filling purchase is not the same from one office to another; it is not like buying a Polo shirt from Neiman Marcus or from Marshall’s, which is the same shirt. No, the dentist creates a large variable in the success of these white fillings.
Schedule an appointment today for an assessment of your filling needs with Dr. Venincasa.