FAQs About White Fillings
What is a white tooth filling?
A white tooth filling is a tooth coloured filling "composite" that is used to rebuild the shape of a tooth to its original structure.
What is a white filling made of?
The colour come from tooth coloured resin and for strength it is mixed with clear glass particles. This filling is inert and does not react with body tissues.
What are the advantages of having a white filling?
A white filling comes with many advantages the most obvious is the high aesthetic value. Its tooth coloured so it is hard to spot. Technically, placing a white filling requires less removal of the healthy tooth tissue as compared to silver filling.
What are the risks or disadvantages of having a white filling?
As with any filling, white fillings can have their own drawbacks. Placing a white filling involves removal of decayed tooth structures. The filling itself may fracture and the larger it is the greater the risk of fracturing it. Moreover, placing a white filling requires a skill as the edges have to be fully dry to prevent decay to the edges of the filling. Finally, teeth that have a white filling can require, in 1% of cases, a root canal treatment at some point.
What are the alternatives?
Alternatives to white composite fillings are amalgam( silver fillings) and inlays or onlays.
Can excessive biting or bruxism affect a white filling?
Yes, excessive biting and habits like bruxism can cause the filling to break. Moreover, such habits can cause the tooth in which the white filling is to break or crack.
Will a white filling ever lose its colour?
Yes, with time the tooth itself can lose colour and that is when the filling becomes visible. Moreover, the filling may be discoloured due to pigments in food, coffee, wine and tobacco.