Restorative Dentistry

Adhesive Dentistry

What it is:

Composite "white" fillings are often used in cosmetic dentistry for several purposes. Patients with cavities, previous metal/amalgam fillings, gaps between teeth and broken or chipped teeth can receive these composite fillings as part of a smile makeover.

White fillings can better match the shade and texture of natural teeth and do not stand out in the smile as amalgam or silver fillings. Such traditional metal fillings can be visible when you smile. Additionally, traditional metal fillings, such as amalgam, are much debated regarding their impact on the human body.

Amalgam fillings contain at least 50% mercury, which is highly toxic to the human body. These fillings are not recommended, however, for large fillings as their structure cannot provide support for larger areas. It is also more effective in areas where there is less exposure to great forces.

The Procedure

First, the tooth is cleaned to remove any plaque or tartar. A filling shade that matches the natural tooth color is chosen. The tooth is then kept dry. Phosphoric acid is applied in order to roughen the surface of the tooth, which will allow the composite filling to adhere better. Once the composite is applied, a special light is used to harden it.