Tooth fillings are the most common type of restorative dental treatments and with good reason. They are practical, affordable, and relatively easy to apply and maintain. White fillings are gaining popularity because they match the natural color of your teeth.
Find out more about white fillings below.
What Exactly Are White Fillings?
A white filling is a mixture of resin and glass that fills in a cavity. White fillings also called composite or tooth-colored fillings, are cured or hardened using UV light. White fillings appeal to patients because they look and feel just like your natural teeth.
Why Do I Need White Fillings?
Your dentist in Boston will recommend white fillings if you have:
- Gaps in teeth
- Existing silver fillings
What Types of White Fillings Should I Use?
There are two types of white fillings, direct and indirect fillings. Direct fillings are molded and cured right inside your mouth, which is ideal for smaller fillings.
Indirect fillings are best for larger cavities and partial crowns, where your dentist first scans your teeth and then creates the filling. These white fillings are then fitted onto the teeth to complete the crowns.
How Long Does It Take to Get White Fillings?
It takes about 30 minutes for your dentist in Boston to apply white fillings, but it can take longer depending on the extent of cavities and the number of teeth. No recovery time is necessary for white fillings. Just be certain to avoid staining beverages like coffee, tea, and wine for the first few days after treatment.
White fillings retain their color if the rest of the tooth stains, so your dentist may recommend whitening your teeth first before applying the fillings.
Get Your White Fillings Treatment Today
At Arch Street Dental, we offer safe, durable, and natural white fillings for the whole family. Whether you want to replace your silver fillings or treat your cavities, schedule your appointment with us today.