A white filling is a dental filling that is simply white in color for the sake of appearances. These fillings are also called “composite fillings, as they are composed of a combination of plastic and glass materials.
White fillings are used as an alternative to silver fillings.
White fillings are the same color as your child’s teeth. This means that they’re less noticeable than silver fillings. This is especially beneficial when Dr. Gerlach needs to place fillings in obvious locations, such as in the front teeth.
However, although white fillings offer several benefits that make them desirable, they have drawbacks as well. It usually takes longer to place a white filling than to place a silver one. In addition, white fillings tend to cost more than silver fillings, and they may not last as long.
No filling will last forever. Most white fillings will last from seven to 10 years if your child takes care of their teeth well. However, if the child doesn’t care for their teeth well or grinds their teeth, the filling may not last as long. Fillings may also be damaged by dental trauma.
When a filling begins to wear, it may allow secondary decay to develop in the tooth. It may also break or fall out. For this reason, worn fillings need to be replaced as soon as possible. Dr. Gerlach keeps an eye out for worn fillings at regular dental checkups.
Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry works hard to make sure that children don’t experience any pain during dental work. When fillings require drilling, Dr. Gerlach uses a local anesthetic to prevent pain. The child can also watch an overhead movie with Bluetooth headphones during the treatment to prevent anxiety and boredom. If children are very anxious about getting a filling, or if extensive work is necessary, Dr. Gerlach may recommend sedation.
In some cases, Dr. Gerlach may be able to use laser dentistry to remove decay before placing a white filling. If he’s able to use this method, the child may not need any shots or drilling.
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