Thanks to the advancements in dentistry over the past couple of decades, having a tooth restored does not need to compromise the appearance of your smile. Your smile is one of your most personable assets – one that you can easily share with anyone around you. It is also one of the characteristics that mark your personality and how others see you. Despite the most meticulous oral hygiene, most people will experience at least one cavity during their lifetime. Up until just a decade ago, cavities were always filled with silver amalgam fillings. While effective, these fillings are visible in the teeth, making people feel self-conscious about their smiles. Thankfully, white fillings are available that blend perfectly into the teeth for a healthy restoration and beautiful smile.
White fillings, also known as composite fillings, have been available for quite a few years. However, many dentists did not use them regularly because they were not up to standard. Now, composite fillings have greatly improved in durability and offer an ideal way to restore damaged teeth.
Most cavities occur in the back teeth, known as molars. These teeth have many pits and grooves, making it easy for bacteria and tiny food particles to become trapped. When bacteria lingers in these deep pits, they form acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. The tiny holes that these acids cause are known as dental cavities. Cavities must be cleaned and filled to prevent decay from setting in and wreaking havoc on the entire mouth.
White fillings allow people to restore their smile without anyone ever needing to know that they have a filling. Any time you smile wide, laugh, yawn, or speak, amalgam fillings are noticeable. They appear as small gray spots on the teeth and can cause feelings of embarrassment. With white fillings, people do not have to compromise the beauty of their smile.
At Ora Dentistry, we are happy to offer composite fillings to our patients for dental repairs. Whether you want to replace old silver fillings or you need a cavity filled, white fillings are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can give you a beautiful and healthy smile.