What Are White Fillings?
White fillings are used to restore teeth that are decayed or injured. They replace the enamel that has been lost and fill cracks that have developed. They are made of a composite resin and are tooth-colored, so as to blend in naturally.
How Do You Prepare For Composite Fillings?
Brush and floss before the procedure. Your dentist may require you to stop taking certain medications in the days prior. This will avoid a negative reaction between the meds and possibly needed anesthesia.
Why Are White Fillings Used?
Tooth-colored composite fillings are used to restore damaged and decayed teeth. Your teeth may have been damaged due to…
- Misuse (i.e. using teeth to open things)
- Bruxism (teeth-grinding)
What Can You Expect While Getting A Filling?
Your dentist may give you local anesthesia to numb the area, if necessary. Next, they will use a drill to remove the decayed areas of the tooth. They will evaluate the space to conduct the procedure properly and then prepare it with acid gel. Bonded filling will also be applied to reduce the risk of leakage or decay.
The white filling will need to be hardened under a special light. When the fillings are officially set, the dentist will polish the tooth.
What Is The Followup And Recovery Like After Getting A Composite Filling?
After getting a filling, you may experience the following:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Filling that is too high
- Galvanic shock (an electric shock when the filled tooth touches another)
What Are The Potential Cost For A Filling?
Cost is variant upon dental insurance plans and the area in which you live. The average cost without insurance is somewhere between $90 and $250 per tooth.
What Are The Potential Risks?
A common occurrence is getting a filling that is too high, causing pain in the tooth. There may be jagged edges in the resin as well.
Sensitivity to cold and sweet foods, air, and pressure is also common. If the filling is deep enough, you may need root canal treatment.
Concerns have been raised about metallic fillings, which contain mercury, an element that accumulates in tissue and affects the kidneys with enough exposure. With mercury filling removal, one get these replaced with white, tooth-colored composite fillings, so that you can feel safer about what is in your mouth.
Are There Other Related Treatments To Composite Fillings?
While fillings are not always perfectly performed. You may need to come back in for a smoothing of jagged edges or heightened fillings. If your tooth sensitivity is so severe, your dentist may need to replace the filling.