Most men and women get cavities in their teeth at some point, even with good oral hygiene. If those cavities occur in a visible part of your mouth, you may want a white filling that matches the rest of your smile. Our qualified dentist, Dr. Matthew Ward, in Bay City, MI, is an expert in white fillings and can walk you through the process when you schedule a dental appointment. If you are seeking a Midland dentist or in one of the surrounding Tri-City areas, our staff is proud to provide quality dental care in a friendly and convenient setting.
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What Makes White Fillings Different?
You may have seen traditional amalgam fillings in other dental patients. These dental fillings are gray-colored and are often noticeable when opening your mouth or showing off your smile. White fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, match the color of your natural teeth. White fillings are virtually invisible when performed correctly. Even if your fillings are placed in a conspicuous area, most people will never even know you have them.
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, MI, offers a wide variety of cutting-edge dental materials in our office. These include:
#1: Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are also called plastic fillings. This is because they are comprised of a synthetic plastic substance that closely matches your tooth color. These white fillings can be applied in just one simple appointment, which makes them a convenient choice for most dental patients. However, they are not as strong as some of our other options. We may not choose composite fillings for molars or other teeth that are used for chewing.
#2: Porcelain fillings
Porcelain fillings are stronger than most other kinds of fillings. Made from a special formula, porcelain fillings are crafted to look the same as natural enamel and last much longer than conventional fillings. Filling a cavity with porcelain may require more than one trip to the dentist since several layers must be applied to repair the tooth properly. Our team can provide you with information about porcelain fillings during your initial assessment.
How Are White Fillings Placed?
The process of getting a white filling is about the same as getting other kinds of dental fillings. Dr. Matthew Ward begins by examining the tooth and ensuring that a white filling is appropriate for your needs. We then clean the area from any decayed material and unwanted bacteria. Our dental staff applies bonding material once this part of the treatment is complete. A temporary filling may be placed if you are getting a porcelain filling placed, or the composite material is placed and shaped.
Your dentist in Bay City, MI, may advise you to avoid chewing on the area where the filling was applied for a short period of time. You should also avoid hot food and drinks until the anesthesia wears off. Most patients should be able to eat, drink, brush, and floss with their new white filling with no problems within a matter of hours.