Tooth colored dental fillings (or composite restorations) are an appealing alternative to traditional metal amalgam fillings. Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mirani, recommends Tooth colored fillings to her patients when repairing a cavity. White fillings are not only aesthetically pleasing and mostly undetectable, but the bonding process creates a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth, adding strength to the entire dental structure.
Why Tooth Colored White Fillings are better than traditional silver fillings?
Unlike tooth colored filings, the edges of a silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. When a silver filling deteriorates your tooth becomes unprotected increasing the possibility that a cavity can once again develop. Over time, the metal of a silver filling will expand, contract, and can split causing corrosion, leakage and stains on your teeth and gums. More importantly, silver fillings contain 50 % mercury which can enter your bodily systems should leakage occur. In general, silver acts as a plug to fill the tooth while tooth colored fillings bond to the enamel and dentin of the tooth creating a strong single unit structure.
What can I expect during a white filling procedure?
Tooth colored white fillings are done in a single visit to Dr. Mirani’s Beverly Hills office. The procedure is similar to that used with silver fillings, except that a curing light is used to bond the composite material to the tooth.
Generally, at first the decay and damaged tissue is revomved from the infected tooth. The doctor will take time to match the color of the filling to that of the natural tooth. An etching solution is then applied to strengthen the bond between natural tooth and filling. After that, a special white composite will be appied to the tooth in layers. The resin is like putty and easily malleable so the doctor is able to mold and shape the resin in such a way that the white filling looks totally natural and undetectable. During the process the process will check your bite and make sure your upper and lower teeth meet comfortably.
Dr. Mirani will use a curing light to harden the composite material and will complete the process by polishing the entire tooth structure.
How can I learn more about Tooth Colored Fillings?
Dr. Marini helps dental patients throughout Beverly Hills to achieve optimal oral heath through regular checkups and cleanings. Call Dr. Mirani’s office today at (310) 858-5933 to schedule your appointment and learn more about tooth colored fillings.