Over time, more dentists have come to understand the benefits of white fillings. Not only do tooth-coloured fillings meet patients’ personal aesthetics, we also believe they get better results than amalgam-based materials. At Hullmark Dental our team uses white composite material that better integrates with your natural smile.
Tooth-coloured fillings are not much more expensive than traditional silver or amalgam fillings. Many insurers cover the full cost of composite material. If not, the patient only pays a small difference for using composite resin materials. In addition to matching natural tooth colour, these fillings:
- Bond to the tooth structure naturally, as the dentist applies the material in layers.
- Restore up to 90% of the natural strength of the tooth.
- Minimize dental sensitivity since they bond better with the teeth.
Amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury, but are more durable in areas where a lot of biting force is placed. Composite fillings contain either a porcelain or quartz material that is lighter, durable, and safe. Dentists can also use composite material to repair chipped or worn teeth.
Generally, composite materials can last anywhere from five to 15 years, depending upon whether they are made from porcelain or quartz and how well you take care of them at home. They will require some maintenance and repairs over time. The same is true of amalgam fillings that can fall out or chip as they wear out, but composite materials are a bit more durable. With good dental hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing, you can get both longevity and style out of your natural-coloured fillings.