Dr. Sam Gupta and the team at Mount Royal Dental in Burlington, Ontario, know that your children are the most important thing in the world to you, so we make sure that we provide quality children’s dental care, including white tooth-colored fillings when they have a cavity. Made of a composite resin, white fillings are strong, durable, and bonded to the tooth for a long-lasting restoration. If you are wondering if white fillings are suitable for children, read on to learn more.
If you have ever wondered why restoring a tooth that is eventually going to fall out is essential, you should know that untreated decay can lead to infection and could impact the future oral health of your child. White fillings are an excellent choice for childhood cavities because the composite resin that makes up the filling is strong, has a long lifespan, and is fully customizable to match the shade of your child’s natural tooth. Because white fillings are bonded to the tooth, a seal is formed that keeps bacteria and food particles from getting underneath the filling into the inner tooth. The reinfection rate is incredibly low with white fillings for this reason. White fillings require less of the tooth’s structure to be removed in preparation in comparison to fillings of the past.
Yes, white fillings are long-lasting. While they may not be as durable and long-lasting as old metal fillings, they are very comparable. In addition, when compared to metal fillings, white fillings have the advantages of being bonded to the tooth, being more aesthetically pleasing, and being completely metal-free.
When decay spreads, it can severely weaken a tooth’s outer structure. As long as the damage is not too extensive and it has not reached the inner portion of the tooth, a white filling can be applied to a tooth once all decay has been removed and the tooth cleaned. A white filling will restore the tooth and provide full functionality that could be lost otherwise.