White After Labor Day? Always Okay When it Comes to Fillings!

By: Patricia Woloch
While truly not an actual fashion statement, having white fillings does look better when you smile or are talking. But how are they any different than the traditional metal fillings? Are they the right choice for everyone?

Let's start with the differences between white fillings and traditional metal fillings.

? White fillings look more like your own teeth and are more aesthetically pleasing

? Metal fillings are very noticeable when you smile or talk

? White fillings can be used in most teeth

? Metal fillings may still be preferred for use in back teeth where chewing forces are greatest

? White fillings do not use mercury amalgams

? Metal fillings still use mercury amalgams, but the mercury has not been shown to cause any harm to patients

? White fillings can cost about 25% more than metal fillings

? Metal fillings can last about 20% longer than white fillings

Are White Fillings the Right Choice for Everyone?

Only your cosmetic dentist can make that determination. The type of filling used will depend on the location of the cavity to be filled, the durability and longevity required and, in some cases, the patients' insurance company guidelines.

Generally speaking, a small cavity is more likely to be repaired using the white filling composite. In back teeth, like molars, the metal filling may be more appropriate since that is where the heavy work of chewing and crunching food takes place. But that isn't always the case and a discussion with your dentist about your situation is highly recommended.

White fillings are quickly becoming a more popular choice when it comes to topping off that cavity. In most cases, they will probably be a very acceptable option to you and your dentist.

Just think of your dentist as your personal dental fashionista!

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