The essentials of white fillings

What is a composite? Composites or white fillings are a mixture of plastic and glass which is used to restore old and decayed teeth. Composites can radically alter the smile of a person and can reshape teeth which seem out of place.

How are white fillings or composites placed?

A composite is placed in layers; using another mixture to harden between each layer. Once the composite is applied, the dentist will chip and mold the composite to fit the tooth. The finished tooth is then polished, so that the composite does not stain and wear out.

How much do white fillings costs?

Price of composites may vary, but the general rule of the thumb is that they cost twice the price of silver fillings. In future, insurance companies are likely to increase their composite coverage.

Advantages of composites

Why do people opt for white fillings? Composites can be replicated to a color, the same as that of the actual tooth. Composites gel with the tooth and support the remaining tooth structure. They are almost invisible, and feel like part of a person’s natural teeth. Composites are resistant to teeth breakage and hold up well

Are there any disadvantages?

A person may experience excessive sensitivity after getting white fillings. Composites are also prone to staining if the person has tea, or other stain related foods. If a person is concerned with the change of color, then dentists can encase the composite with a plastic coating so that the composite does not come into contact with food and other liquids.
This procedure can be done at an extra cost. White filings tend to wear away a lot faster than the silver fillings when applied to larger cavities. They work alright in smaller cavities.

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