Tooth colored Fillings vs Silver Fillings
Tooth colored or white fillings are bonded in while the silver fillings merely sit there.
Silver fillings also contain mercury while the tooth colored fillings do not. The white fillings are made of a composite resin instead.
When are fillings needed?
Here are some reasons you may need a filling:
You have a cavity
Sensitivity to temperature because of gum recession
The Four Factors needed to cause a cavity.
We cannot eliminate bacteria completely but we can reduce their numbers on a daily basis by brushing twice a day and flossing before bed time. Last but not least, get a professional dental cleaning every 6 months! Please check our page on gum health for more information on plaque and calculus.
This is the fuel that feeds all of the bacteria. If the bacteria don't get to eat then they don't do any work so please try to minimize all sugar intake.
Don't forget that coctails and alcohol tend to contain quite a bit of sugar!
Good oral hygiene habits are hard to beat. Brushing twice a day and flossing before bedtime will keep the sugar bugs at bay.
Toothpaste with fluoride and an electric toothbrush are both highly recommended.
Cavities do not develop overnight instantaneously but rather over an extended period of time. Therefore it is imperative to be consistent with our oral hygiene. You can slip up every once in awhile but too many times is no good.
Fact: Smaller cavities do not cause any pain so just because you are not having a toothache, it does not mean that you are cavity free.
You should still come regularly for a check up.
Better safe than sorry!
All white fillings are bonded in. The only fillings that are not bonded in are the silver fillings.
What typically happens when you receive a white filling is we place the bond, light activate it, place the filling material and then light activate it again. The light activation causes the dental filling material to harden.
Sensitivity from dental filling
Occasionally after receiving a filling, your tooth may be sensitive. It may be due to a variety of factors but a common cause actually comes from the bonding process itself. When the filling turns hard with the light, it ever so slightly shrinks and sometimes you're just sensitive from that micro shrinkage. Just give it sufficient time for it to adjust!
Tooth sensitive to Cold
Sometimes your teeth may experience sensitivity to cold. The cause for a tooth to be sensitive to cold is often linked to gum recession. Once the gums recede, the root of the tooth will be exposed which will make the tooth sensitive to cold. The gums are akin to wearing a coat during the winter time. If you walk outside with no coat on of course it would be cold. If you have receded gums then of course it would be sensitive to cold. The root is very sensitive. Treatment for this consists of using a toothpaste for sensitivity or bonding to cover up the root surface of the tooth.
If the cold sensitivity is very bad, we may refer you to the gum specialist for gum grafting.