Tooth Colored Fillings

One of the most common dental problems experienced all over the world today is dental decay. The usual treatment procedure for dental decay is the placement of a restorative. In earlier times, the restorative used was unsightly materials such as gold or silver amalgam. These days, it is much more common to see tooth colored or white restoratives. Tooth colored fillings are preferred restorative choices both in front teeth as well as in the back teeth.

The advanced white fillings have better bonding to the structure of the tooth, do not need any etching process and have superior strength in comparison to the materials that were available in the past. The strength of tooth colored fillings that are available today are comparable to silver amalgam and direct filling gold restoratives. Thus, they are suitable for use in any tooth including molars, where force of mastication exerts lots of stress on the material.

Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings

Apart from matching the teeth color, there are several advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings:

  • They integrate with the teeth structure chemically thus, eliminating the need for placing slots or pins.
  • They do not weaken the tooth as does silver filling.
  • They bond with the tooth and restore approximately 90% of its original strength.
  • They are temperature resistant; remain unaffected by extreme heat and cold.
  • They are environmentally safe. There is no danger of mercury allergy or disposal of hazardous metal wastes.
How long do composite fillings last?
White composite fillings offer some advantages over amalgam, but they also do not last as long—usually about five to seven years as compared to ten to fifteen years for a typical amalgam filling. White fillings made of porcelain, however, can be expected to last about the same amount of time as amalgam.
How long do amalgam fillings last?
Clenching or grinding also can cause your teeth and fillings to crack or develop small craze lines. These are fine cracks you can see if you shine a light on your tooth. Although some fillings can last for many years, the average life of an amalgam filling is about 12 years. Composite fillings may not last this long.