The condition of your teeth will have a huge impact on how your smile looks, so it is best to deal with any problems at the soonest possible time – before these problems have a chance to worsen into something more serious. If dental problems are not addressed or treated quickly, they can lead to tooth loss or even infect the surrounding tissues inside the mouth.
Tooth decay is one of the dental problems that need to be treated immediately, to avoid having to deal with complications. Early detection and treatment of tooth decay can still save the affected tooth, and can prevent the damage and infections from spreading to the surrounding teeth.
White fillings can help save teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay or other causes, and can ensure that your smiles will still be as dazzling as you want them to be.
What Are White Fillings
White fillings are used to repair the damage to a tooth caused by tooth decay, or other dental problems. The white fillings can effectively restore the form and function of the tooth (or the affected teeth), so you can go on smiling and enjoying normal daily tasks such as eating, chewing, or biting on your favourite food items.
White fillings look much better compared to amalgam or silver fillings; this is because white fillings resemble the colour of natural teeth. White fillings are discreet, and are not readily visible or obvious to others even if you open your mouth; silver or amalgam fillings, on the other hand, are dark in colour – so they can easily seen by other people when you open your mouth so speak, or to smile. With white fillings, no one else will need to know that you have had some dental work done on your teeth.
White fillings are safer for your health, because they do not contain mercury – which is present in amalgam or silver dental fillings. Mercury has been proven to have hazardous effects to the human body; this is the reason why more and more people are opting to use white fillings for their dental concerns.
The use of white fillings require less of your tooth structure to be removed prior to the actual treatment, compared to using silver or amalgam fillings. This translates to more of your healthy teeth structure being preserved, and left unharmed by the tooth preparation (prior to treatment).White fillings can effectively restore the original strength of your tooth by firmly bonding to the tooth’s surface. Tooth damage is greatly lessened when using white fillings; silver or amalgam fillings, on the other hand, have the tendency to weaken the tooth’s structure with the passage of time.White fillings make the treated tooth less susceptible to sensitivity to extreme cold or hot temperatures. The use of silver or amalgam fillings, on the other hand, make the treated tooth sensitive to cold or hot food or beverages – which translates to a lot of discomfort.