Posts for: June, 2020

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
June 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: White Fillings  

Find out why composite fillings are the most popular way to restore a decaying tooth.

Has our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott just detected a cavity during your last dental visit? If so, you may be feeling a bit frustrated. Don’t worry; removing a cavity is easy. Of course, once the decayed enamel is removed you may be wondering how your dentist will restore the tooth. After all, you can’t just leave holes in the tooth. This is where a dental filling comes in.

What is a dental filling?

In order to rebuild and strengthen a tooth after decay, our Ann Arbor, MI, general dentists will need to fill those areas of the tooth with a special material. In most cases, a dental filling is made from resin and ceramic, which are highly durable and also match the color and look of real tooth enamel.

What are the benefits of white fillings?

The most obvious benefit is that a white filling is going to blend in with the rest of the tooth so it’s not visible. The purpose of a filling is to look as much like real tooth enamel as possible so that we can fully restore it and also make teeth look healthier and natural. Before placing the resin our dentist will choose the appropriate shade so it blends in.

Another benefit of white fillings that most people don’t even realize is that the filling bonds to the tooth directly. This makes the tooth structurally more sound and stronger. Plus, more of the tooth’s natural structure is preserved when getting white fillings, which also protects the tooth’s overall structural integrity.

By not having to remove as much enamel from the tooth in order to place a white filling we create a long-lasting solution. Thanks to the fact that white fillings are bonded directly to the tooth to create a more dependable seal between the filling and tooth this also lessens the chances that a new cavity may form under the filling.

Have questions about getting a dental filling? Worried that you may have cavities? If so, our Ann Arbor, MI, family dentists can help. Schedule an appointment with our dental team today by calling (734) 994-3700.