Difference between Silver and White Fillings
When a tooth is decayed, the decayed portion of the tooth has to be taken out. To restore the tooth, the dentist must fill the hole with a substance called a dental filling that restores the appearance of the tooth and prevents bacteria from entering the cavity. Dr. Eftekhari, Culver City cosmetic dentist, offers two kinds of fillings: silver fillings and white fillings. Each has different advantages and disadvantages.
Silver amalgam fillings are made from a strong composite of metals. This blend of metals makes these fillings very strong, which is why many dentists favor them for back teeth or for teeth that must withstand a lot of bite force. In addition, amalgam fillings tend to be inexpensive and are usually covered by insurance.
Amalgam fillings also have disadvantages. They can make some people’s teeth more sensitive to hot and cold. In addition, they require the removal of a larger portion of the tooth structure.
White fillings, on the other hand, can be made from a number of different materials. They are designed to match the exact color of the patient’s tooth, making them nearly invisible. These fillings harden quickly and less tooth structure needs to be removed.
One disadvantage of white fillings is that they are not as strong as amalgam fillings. They can also become discolored or stained over time, and tooth bleaching does not necessarily remove the stains.
Dr. Eftekhari, expert in dental fillings in Culver City, can help you decide which type of filling is best suited for your needs. Call United Dental Care to schedule your appointment.