white-fillingsDental Fillings Fort Lauderdale

Fillings are used to fill missing areas of teeth, often where decay has had to be removed by your dentist.

Historically, silver-colored fillings (also known as dental amalgams) were the conventional material used. Now, there are alternative, natural-looking materials that can be used. These are colored to match natural tooth enamel, unlike the stark contrast you see with silver-colored amalgam fillings, and are available in many different shades of white.

Where amalgam fillings only fill the holes, white fillings are placed with bonding agents and techniques. Thus, they become more nearly part of your teeth. Sometimes it’s hard to remember which parts of your teeth are fillings and which are original! White fillings also require less drilling than amalgam fillings, leaving more of the healthy tooth structure intact.

Types of White Fillings:

  • Composite fillings are a mixture of resins and fine particles that are tooth-colored to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.  To allow for better adhesion, composite resins are sometimes cemented or bonded to a tooth.
  • Ionomers are made from a combination of various materials, including ground glass and acrylic resins. They are also tooth-colored fillings.  Ionomers are typically used for fillings near the gum line or tooth root, where biting pressure is not a factor. A small amount of fluoride is released by these compounds for strengthening enamel in the affected area.
  • Porcelain (ceramic) is usually a combination of porcelain, glass powder, and ceramic, and is used typically for crowns, veneers, onlays, and inlays.

Since we don’t want to have to replace fillings very often, if at all, we want them to be strong and durable. Some older versions of composite materials were not as strong as they are today. These days, dental manufacturers produce lasting composite resin materials that can be used in all the teeth, including molars. In addition, there are even more advanced materials that last a very long time.