Cavities “disappear” with white composite fillings from dentist in Kennesaw, GA

An estimated 91 percent of Americans have at least one cavity by age 64. For many years, amalgam fillings were the “go-to” solution for repair of tooth decay, though their dark silver color is noticeable in the smile. Today, patients in the Kennesaw & Tucker, GA area have a beautiful option – white composite fillings.

What are white fillings ?

A filling is a dental restoration that replaces a portion of tooth structure eaten-away by decay, or which must be removed due to damage by trauma (breakage).

White dental fillings are made of composite resin. This combination of biocompatible materials creates a strong restoration that resists fracture, even when subjected to the stress of biting and chewing. The color blends so seamlessly with natural dentition, only a dentist can detect it.

Composite fillings are conservative dentistry. Because amalgam is pressed into place, a fair amount of healthy tooth structure must be removed to allow a “silver” filling to be secure. A composite filling is bonded to the prepared tooth, a technique which preserve more of the natural tooth.

This type of filling is also tooth-friendly in the long term. It has a co-efficient of expansion more like tooth structure than metal. That means it responds to hot or cold temperature at a similar rate, reducing risk of tooth fractures. Plus, a white filling is gentle to the opposing tooth, not subjecting it to unusual wear.


Caring for white composite fillings

Kennesaw, GA dentist, Dr. Kay Kalantari, emphasizes the easy-care attributes of tooth-colored fillings. Once a cavity has been repaired with a white composite filling, you may forget it is there. Simply care for as you do the rest of your teeth:

  • Be wary of very hard or sticky foods which could damage a tooth or dislodge a filling.
  • Avoid biting into hard objects such as fingernails, pens, or ice.
  • Limit dark beverages and tobacco.
  • Brush teeth, at minimum, in the morning and at night – after all meals is even better.
  • Floss before bedtime.
  • Visit Dentistry and Orthodontics at Kennesaw Point twice a year for professional cleaning and examination.