A Closer Look at White Dental Fillings
White fillings have become the most popular type of dental fillings used today in Torrance for numerous reasons. At Dr. Joe Dentistry, we provide you with the best possible options for your individual needs as part of our commitment to an ideal guest experience.White fillings, compared to gold or silver amalgam, frequently outperform other types of dental fillings because of their affordability, durability, comfort and color.
The Benefits of White Fillings
When we talk about white dental fillings, we are referring specifically to fillings comprised of a tooth-colored composite resin. Compared to other materials, white fillings’ most obvious advantage is their color flexibility.
White fillings are matched to the existing color of your teeth. This allows for results that are inconspicuous and look as though you have no fillings at all.
In fact, Torrance white fillings can be stronger than other materials, as the chemicals used in the resin will actually bond to your tooth, which makes the filling more secure.
When you need to repair cavities in your front teeth, white dental fillings are definitely the preferred choice. White fillings can also be used to repair small chips in your teeth, and can even restore teeth that have been worn down.
While no fillings will last forever, white composites are quite durable when properly maintained. Ceramic, another type of tooth-colored filling, can last as long as 15 years or more, though it can be more expensive than many other materials.
Comparing White Dental Fillings to Other Materials
After your evaluation, Dr. Joe dentist in Torrance will discuss his recommendations for your treatment with you in his office. Our Co-Diagnosis allows you to always make an informed decision. Each filling material offers its own benefits, so you should learn about the most common before making a decision. The other most popularly used materials are gold and silver amalgam.
- Gold never corrodes, and is one of the longest lasting materials available
- Because of its inherent strength, gold can withstand the pressure of constant chewing
- The biggest drawbacks for gold are its expense and look. Gold is generally the most expensive material and is will stand out quite a bit from surrounding teeth.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
- Silver amalgam offers both great durability and is the least expensive metal filling, costing almost half as much as white fillings.
- Controversy: Silver amalgam fillings are actually made of silver and other metals, including mercury. In recent years, there has been growing debate concerning the health effects of mercury exposure from silver dental fillings.
Currently, the American Dental Association and Federal Drug Administration state that silver amalgam is safe. However, both organizations have begun expanded studies into the mercury in fillings. Many patients have preferred to replace any existing silver fillings or have chosen to avoid the material all together. If you’d like to learn more about whether you should get silver fillings or not, Dr. Joe will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Keeping Your Smile Bright
Dr. Joe Dentistry serves Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and more. We love to keep all our patients’ smiles their brightest and healthiest. Because no dental filling material is better than your natural teeth, the best way to keep your teeth strong and white is prevention. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day as well as a healthy diet and regular dental cleanings are the most effective and cheapest way to avoid cavities.
If you are worried you may have a cavity, or if you haven’t had a Torrance teeth cleaning recently, now is the perfect time to schedule a dental appointment. Dr. Joe loves to answer any questions you may have about white dental fillings, mercury in silver fillings, or anything else you might like to know!