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Dental Fillings Shelby Township MI
An average adult American has at least three dental fillings. And while the awareness of oral health is on the rise, many people continue to struggle with oral disease. Tooth decay and damage commonly occur to your tooth enamel, the hard, outer portion of your tooth. If left untreated, decay can continue to eat away at your enamel and reach the inner portion of your tooth, eventually causing a painful infection and tooth loss. At Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby Township, we offer dental fillings to restore the strength and integrity of your tooth structure. Dental fillings are dental restorations that are directly molded onto the surface of teeth. We are pleased to offer white fillings in Shelby Township, Michigan, to beautifully restore your smile.
What are white dental fillings?
Being the least invasive dental restorative treatment, dental fillings, if applied on time, can and will prevent further damage to the tissue of your tooth and other oral problems.
White fillings, also known as tooth-colored or composite fillings, are made from a durable form of plastic. White fillings are ideal for our patients who are looking to maintain an attractive aesthetic as well as a strong restoration. Each layer is sculpted to perfectly fit your tooth’s natural grooves and curves before being allowed to harden. There are many benefits to using white fillings when compared to other types of dental fillings, and we would love to share these benefits with your family.
There are many options to choose from when it comes to the material of dental fillings. They all differ in price, properties, and aesthetic value. Despite the wide variety of filling products on the market, the composite resin offered in our practice has successfully replaced its precedents. It remains the first choice of many dentists and patients.
What are the benefits of white dental fillings?
White fillings, or tooth-color fillings, remain the restoration of choice of many dental practices around the world. Many reasons account for their popularity, including:
1. Low Sensitivity
Comparing to other filling materials, such as metal, white fillings do have little to no impact on your sensitivity to hot and cold. Many patients with amalgam fillings report issues related to temperature variations when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages. With composite fillings, the risk is significantly decreased, and you can enjoy your favorite meals without worrying about the discomfort.
2. Safety and Durability
Composite resin is characterized by a high degree of safety. The structure of white fillings is not affected by temperature fluctuations, and they are highly resistant to chipping or breaking.
3. Aesthetically-pleasing results
Composite fillings resemble the natural color of your teeth. The so-called “chameleon effect” provides a discrete comfort for the patient, blending with the rest of your teeth. When hardened, the material can be further manipulated by adjusting the structure to your bite and polishing the surface for a more natural look and feel.
Light-cured dental fillings
The light-curing properties of the composite filling materials provide dentists with sufficient time to shape the filling, which makes the final effect of the treatment even more visually attractive and durable. After modeling the successive layers of the filling, our dentist illuminates them with a specialized polymerization lamp, thanks to which the composite becomes very hard within a few seconds.
Light-cured seals give the patient more freedom. First of all, the patient does not have to wait before eating a meal, as was the case with the former types of fillings. Indeed, the dentist might recommend that you refrain from eating and drinking following the procedure until the symptoms of anesthesia subside. New generation materials, such as light-cured fillings, show increased mechanical resistance, which protects against abrasion, washing out, and breaking of filling fragments.
How do white fillings compare to the other types of sealants?
Unlike amalgam, composites can be joined or supplemented. This allows dentists to perform more conservative treatments without having to remove previous fillings and prepare large tooth surfaces. Although amalgam fillings are very durable (they can last up to 20-30 years), they are less aesthetic and more visible than composite ones.
White fillings increase the cosmetic aspect of a smile, which is confirmed by numerous opinions by various patients and professionals. Amalgams do not provide such beautifying effects.
Despite their initial visual appeal, composite fillings are prone to discoloration over time. This happens when the patient does not fully and adequately care about oral hygiene and the quality of consumed teeth staining products, such as red wine, black tea, or coffee. Good quality and properly cared for white filling retains its aesthetic properties for up to 10 years.
To learn more, we invite you to contact Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, our friendly dentist, today. We would be happy to help you schedule your appointment and answer any questions you may have.