White Fillings

White Fillings: Bonded Resin Restorations

White fillings / Resin restorations are among the most conservative restorations in dentistry. Tooth-colored restorations for teeth popularly known as white fillings have been used in dentistry for a long time.

White fillings or resin restorations in back teeth require less drilling than for silver fillings. Because of the filling material itself and the insulating liners and bases used under these resins, there can be fluoride release and subsequent inhibition of new decay formation. They are excellent for the small one, two, and three-surface restorations in premolars and molars. The advantages of the resin restorations include a natural appearance similar to that of your real tooth and the most conservative preparation of your tooth. The less the dentist must drill your tooth, the better off you are and the fewer dental problems you will develop in the future. They also restore a high percentage of the tooth’s original strength. When a tooth is prepared (drilled), it becomes weaker. Restoring it with a bonded resin material will help make it strong again. They require only one appointment for completion.

Disadvantages of white fillings include technique sensitivity, that is, they are harder to place than silver fillings. They also cost slightly more than silver fillings. They cannot be easily used in areas where there is not a sufficient amount of original tooth structure. They require more time to finish.

White fillings / Resin restorations are among the most conservative restorations in dentistry today. They require the least amount of drilling. The smaller any filling can be, the longer it will last. They are best for small to medium fillings. In areas where the display of metal from a silver filling would be unsightly, they are of great cosmetic importance.

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