Tooth-colour fillings are gaining popularity as a more beautiful choice in cosmetic dentistry or aesthetic dentistry. They are considered as a safe and effective alternative to treat new cavities or act as replacements for old fillings. People prefer tooth coloured fillings to the traditionally used silver amalgam fillings as they score over the latter in terms of better aesthetics. These are free of mercury as a constituent unlike the amalgam fillings where mercury is a major ingredient.
Teeth coloured fillings or white teeth fillings are dental tooth fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth coloured fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, colour and shape of teeth. This quality is particularly useful in closing gaps between teeth; repairing chipped teeth and making teeth appear to be more straight or even.
At our Dental Clinic, the restorations are done with the help of the most modern curing LED lights which bring about the setting of the filling material. These days, majority of patients choose to have their restorations completed in teeth coloured materials. Virtually indistinguishable in appearance from your existing teeth, tooth-colour restorations provide patients with a natural, brighter, healthier smile. Through the continual developments in dental technology, the quality of tooth-coloured restorations is now better than ever before. Tooth-coloured fillings do not stain teeth and have been scientifically proven to have the same strength as natural tooth enamel.
Advantages of Tooth Coloured Fillings or White Fillings
- This filling closely matches the natural tooth.
- ooth coloured filling bond to the tooth chemically and it doesn’t require slots, grooves or pins in healthy tooth structure to mechanically retain them.
- This method completely harden within seconds
- This method restores 100% of the original strength of the tooth.
- This can be used on front or back teeth.
- Tooth sensitivity is minimal.
- If this filling is damaged, they can be repaired.
Disadvantages of Tooth Coloured Dental Fillings
- Frequent exposure to dark liquids and foods with rich dyers may stain them
- Prolonged exposure to liquids with a high alcohol content may degrade them
Some of the varieties of Tooth colour fillings are Composite resin/plastic fillings, Ceramic fillings and fillings with glass ionomers.
Composite white fillings are very popular because of the appearance that can be matched to the shade of your existing teeth. Tooth coloured fillings are not as durable or long lasting as its amalgam counterpart has become a Myth, with the advent of nano composites. Composite tooth fillings are made of a resin/plastic material which makes them more expensive than the silver amalgam fillings. P.S.A.Varadarajan Dental Clinic uses the best quality composite resin which offers the best aesthetics and is more durable than the traditional fillings.
Advantages of Composite Resin Fillings:
The composite resin fillings bonds to the remaining healthy tooth structure and helps prevent breakage and damage of the tooth. These fillings look better, and are colour blended to match your natural tooth colour. These fillings are often used to improve the appearance of discoloured teeth. Composite resin fillings last about six to twelve years or more, and the procedure usually takes just one visit to your dentist. There is no sensitivity to hot or cold items often experienced when compared with traditional amalgam fillings. The dentist won’t need to drill as much of the tooth structure as with the amalgam fillings.
Disadvantages of Composite Resin Fillings:
Composite resin fillings require more time to apply than amalgam fillings. This results in an increased cost for placing composite fillings.
Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain and are durable and aesthetically pleasing. Ceramics are tooth coloured and are more resistant to staining and abrasion. But the material is more expensive than the other filling materials and is more brittle. These ceramic restorations are typically referred to as inlays or onlays.
Glass Ionomers/ Glass Ionomer Cement Fillings.
Glass ionomers are made of glass and acrylic and typically lasts less than 5 years. They are a good choice for children whose teeth are still changing. Glass ionomers release fluoride, which can help protect the tooth from further decay. The disadvantages of glass ionomer fillings are they are significantly weaker than composite resin and much more likely to wear or fracture. Traditional glass ionomer does not match your tooth colour as precisely as composite resin.
Tooth coloured restorations are the treatment of choice at P.S.A.Varadarajan dental clinic. Our dentists prefer tooth coloured fillings to the traditional silver amalgam fillings because of its better aesthetics and it is free of mercury unlike amalgam fillings.