Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Silver Vs. White Fillings

March 1, 2017
Posted By: Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA
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Silver or other metal composite materials are traditionally used for dental fillings. However, today there are other options available that not only look better but actually provide other oral health benefits as well.

Benefits of White Fillings

Here are some of the benefits of using a white filling over a metal option: 

  • Smaller filling: Metal fillings require a larger fill area, causing your dentist to drill a larger hole into your tooth than may be needed. This can compromise the strength of the tooth. Composite porcelain fillings, on the other hand, don't need such a large amount of space, and so your tooth can stay strong. 
  • Aesthetics: Because white fillings will match the color of your teeth, you can barely see the filling at all. This means that the aesthetics of your smile will not be compromised by getting a filling done. This is especially beneficial for front teeth that need feelings, as you won't be able to see the filling with a white option. 
  • Temperature Control: A common issue with silver fillings is that the tooth then becomes very sensitive to hot and cold in the mouth. With composite white fillings, you won't have to deal with this common discomfort, as it fills and insulates the tooth better. 
  • Longer lasting: White fillings typically last much longer because of the maintained strength of the tooth, and because the material used is actually more durable. 

Many dentists today prefer the use of white fillings, and with good reason! Getting the best oral care possible makes a big difference in your overall health. 

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If you have any questions about white fillings, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, give our office a call today for more information on getting started. We look forward to helping you get a healthy, happy smile! We can answer any questions that you may have, and we'll get your scheduled for an appointment right away if you think you have cavities that need to be filled. 


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