Metal fillings have long been the easiest way to fill cavities and prevent
further tooth decay. And while metal fillings have proven effective at
helping millions of people avoid costly, complex procedures that may become
necessary if cavities are left unfilled, they are far from perfect.
Metal fillings are aesthetically unpleasing and can expand and contract
with temperature fluctuations, which may result in the fillings falling
out or cracking your teeth. Porcelain fillings and white composite fillings,
however, have emerged as durable, attractive alternatives to traditional
Porcelain fillings and white fillings are virtually undetectable because
they can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. They are also
functionally superior to metal fillings, and will not become loose, fall
out or impact the structure of your tooth. Experienced Burke, Virginia,
cosmetic dentist Dr. Kate Sahafi is committed to the aesthetic and functional benefits
White composite fillings are ideal for small to medium-sized cavities in
areas of the mouth that require moderate chewing pressure. Made of a composite
resin, these fillings are colored to match your natural teeth and provide
a seamless smile.
Unlike the use of metal fillings, white fillings require only a very small
amount of your natural tooth to be removed, which helps preserve the natural
integrity of your tooth. White composite fillings are safe, sturdy, and
ideal for a wide range of conditions and ages.
For teeth with large cavities or cavities in areas where maximum chewing
pressure is required, porcelain fillings are the best option. Like white
fillings, porcelain fillings are precisely matched to your natural tooth
color, eliminating any evidence of dental work.
According to the American Dental Association, porcelain fillings provide
the strongest, most reliable solution for dental restoration. Unlike metal
fillings, porcelain fillings have the added benefit of being both wear-resistant
and impervious to heat fluctuations.
Both porcelain fillings and white composite fillings provide ultimate functionality
and superior aesthetic results. Many patients choose to have their old
metal fillings replaced with these options to strengthen their teeth and
reduce the unappealing appearance of a metallic