Over time, more dentists have come to understand the benefits of white fillings. Not only do tooth-colored fillings meet the patient’s’ personal esthetics, they also get better results than amalgam-based materials. At Sherman Oaks Dentistry, Dr. Perlaza’s team uses white composite material that better integrates with your natural smile.
Function and Style With Your Smile
Tooth-colored fillings are not much more expensive than traditional silver or amalgam fillings. Many insurers cover the full cost of composite material. If not, the patient only pays a small difference for using composite resin materials.
In addition to matching natural tooth color, tooth-colored fillings:
- Bond to the tooth structure naturally, as the dentist applies the material in layers.
- Restore up to 90% of the natural strength of the tooth.
- Minimize the about of dental sensitivity since they bond better with the teeth.
Amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury. Composite fillings contain either a porcelain or quartz material that is lighter, durable, and safe. Dentists use also use composite material to repair chipped or worn teeth.
How Long Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Last?
Generally, composite materials can last for anywhere from seven to fifteen years, depending upon whether they are made from porcelain or quartz. Amalgam fillings often fall out or chip as they wear out, but composite materials are a bit more durable. With good dental hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing, you can get both longevity and style out of your natural-colored fillings.