Previously, dental amalgam replacement (silver) fillings or gold restorations were the primary dental techniques used to repair teeth. However, due to the evolving and improving dental materials and techniques over time, teeth can now be repaired with a greater aesthetic look. There is an array of methods used for cosmetic tooth fillings that are now available. The place of the tooth, as well as the amount of tooth construction that requires restoration, will help determine the appropriate method to be used.
Direct Composite White Tooth Fillings
A Composite is the technical term used to define a white tooth filling. Composite quartz resins as well as light sensitive agents generally constitute the formation of a composite. This is highly cosmetic and most often applied into place within one appointment. They may be bonded into place within any area of the mouth – front or back. In order to achieve a natural appearance the materials are available in multiple shades so that we are able to specifically match them to the colour of your own teeth.
We need to eliminate decay, prepare the tooth and condition the enamel and dentin in order to attach a white tooth filling material to your tooth. Following the conditioning, we need to apply a thin resin that attaches to the fixed exterior. Due to the incredible strength of these white tooth fillings we are able to bond both plastics and dental amalgam (silver fillings) to our patients’ teeth. Today, teeth restorations far exceed those of many years ago, mainly because of the incredible strength of bonding.
Following assignment, a powerful light directed on the composites for approximately 40 seconds hardens them. Due to the repeated exposure to this light, it is important for the dentist to shield their eyes with protective eyewear. Because the patient is only exposed to this light once in a while, it is not as crucial for us to protect your eyes. However, to be safe, avoid looking directly into the light.
Our patients often ask the question of when they can eat or drink. To their surprise, the response is generally “straight away.” This is possible because the light used immediately hardens these tooth fillings. There is a possibility that your teeth will endure some element of temperature sensitivity for up to a week. It is important to contact your dentist if this sensitivity does not go away within that time frame.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Dr Michael Finkelstein BDS