Most people get cavities in their teeth at some point in their lives. If those cavities occur in a visible part of your mouth, then you will need to get white fillings so that they match the rest of your smile. Our qualified dentist, Dr. Matthew Ward, in Bay City, Michigan can provide quality care when you need it, in a friendly and convenient setting. If you are seeking a dentist in Bay City, Michigan, a Midland dentist or one in surrounding Tri City areas in Michigan, note that we have many patients that travel from these areas to benefit from our services, and we welcome you to visit us.
What Makes White Fillings Different?
When cavities occur in parts of the mouth that aren’t visible, such as on the molars, or when they occur in primary teeth in children, your dentist may recommend that an ordinary amalgam filling is used, or an alternative of a white filling may be preferred. Amalgam fillings are the familiar dark grey color ones we have probably all seen before, and while they certainly don’t blend in as well as white fillings, they are still an option.
Most of us, however, don’t want to show the whole world our fillings whenever we smile, so amalgam fillings aren’t well suited to visible parts of the mouth. White fillings, or more accurately, tooth colored fillings are matched to the color of the rest of your teeth. These fillings are virtually invisible when done correctly, and even if they are placed in a conspicuous area, most people will never even know they are there.
What Type Of White Fillings Are There?
Not all white fillings are made of the same material. In fact, Dr. Matthew Ward, our dentist in Bay City, Michigan has various materials available that he can use. These include:
#1: Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are sometimes called plastic fillings. While they’re not exactly the kind of plastic you’re used to, they are made of a similar synthetic material. Composite fillings match your teeth exactly and they can be applied in one appointment, which makes them a convenient choice. However, they are not as strong as some of the other options, which makes them unsuited to teeth that are used for biting down hard and chewing, like the molars.
How Are White Fillings Placed?
Getting a filling follows a similar process no matter what type you are getting. First, your dentist will examine the tooth, to make sure that a filling is the right treatment. Then they will clean the area, cutting away decayed material and cleaning all bacteria off the surface of your tooth. The area will be shaped, and when it’s ready, bonding material is applied, and either a temporary filling is placed if you are getting a porcelain filling placed, or the composite material is placed and shaped.
Your dentist in Bay City, Michigan will probably advise you to avoid chewing on the area where the filling was applied for a while, and you will be told to avoid hot food and drinks until the anesthesia wears off, but you should be able to eat, drink, brush and floss the tooth with the white filling as though it were any other tooth within a matter of hours.