Dental Procedures

 

White Fillings

White fillings (composite resins) are made up of light sensitive composite quartz agents and come in a variety of shades that will match the color of most teeth.

White fillings can usually be placed in one appointment.  During the appointment, the tooth requiring the filling is prepared with minimal removal of sound tooth structure. A mild chemical (etch) is placed to roughen the surfaces of the tooth. Next, a bonding agent is applied to the roughened surface to help the composite resin stick better to the tooth. Composite resin is then placed into the prepared tooth in layers. Composite resin is soft so it is easily manipulated and shaped to resemble the natural tooth form.  Each layer is cured (hardened) using a bright light. Once the last layer has been cured, the filling is shaped and polished to its final form, to give it a natural appearance.  With white fillings, you can chew and eat right away because the light instantly hardens them.