White fillings offer a subtle restoration option when you have a cavity. Here at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, your family dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu, help you care for your smile with fillings and other treatments that improve your oral health and appearance.
What are white fillings?
White fillings are made of composite resin, a durable material composed of powdered glass and plastic. Composite resin is tinted to match common tooth shades. As a result, your new filling blends in with your smile rather than calling attention to your dental work.
What happens when I receive a white filling?
The filling process is much the same no matter what type of filling you receive. After your Shelton family dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth, he'll add the composite resin to fill and seal the tooth.
Before a tooth is filled, a margin of healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed area must be removed. Although this is an essential step, the more tooth structure is removed, the weaker your tooth becomes. If you choose a white filling, your dentist will only need to remove a small margin, thus helping to keep your tooth stronger overall.
After filling your tooth, your dentist hardens the composite resin with a special curing light, finalizing your restoration.
What are the benefits of white fillings?
Appearance isn't the only advantage of receiving a white filling. Because the fillings bond to your tooth when they're exposed to the curing light, they actually strengthen your tooth.
White fillings won't discolor over time, which means that your tooth will look the same whether you've just received a filling or it's been in place for five years. The fillings can also be used to treat new cavities or replace old fillings.
Need dental work? Give us a call
Protect your teeth with white fillings! Call your Shelton, CT, family dentists, Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton, at (203) 924-4115 to schedule an appointment.