Dentists are replacing mercury amalgam fillings with white fillings as a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing choice of dental restoration. Mercury possesses a toxicity risk and metal fillings generally detract from natural beauty. White fillings are designed to match natural tooth colour and mimic healthy teeth.
White fillings may be used as inlays to fill inner tooth cavities where decay has eroded enamel and exposed inner dentin. The white filler rebuilds the inner tooth and protects it from further decay by providing a strengthened tooth structure. Onlays are designed to fill a worn tooth cusp, usually within the inner molar teeth. Porcelain crowns may also be used as onlays to restore outer tooth surfaces for a healthier bite and chewing ability.
The main function of white fillings is to restore damaged teeth and prevent dental decay from developing inside the inner tooth pulp or the tooth roots. Chipped or fractured teeth can be restored with white composite fillings or tooth reshaping treatment for healthy structure and function. By improving the structure of the teeth food debris and plaque is less likely to become trapped. White fillings strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay.
The white dental composite may be used to help sculpt dental veneers. The sculpting of dental veneers is designed to enhance tooth quality and provide a brighter smile. Patients on a budget or those wishing to enhance only a few teeth may choose to receive white, dental composite veneer treatment.
White fillings, inlays and onlays are a metal-free solution with natural appeal. Composite fillings are ideal for the filling of teeth cavities and fractures, restoring tooth cusps and worn teeth.