White Porcelain Fillings
Dental fillings are an essential treatment that allow Dr. Konig to stop the destruction of decay and restore a tooth after the decay is removed. Dr. Konig is committed to offering his patients the most advanced, aesthetically pleasing dental restorations available. He restores decayed teeth with white dental fillings, an advanced option with many advantages over metal fillings.
What Are White Dental Fillings?
White fillings are created with a resin compound. This material is applied to your cavity in layers until the desired level of restoration is reached. A special type of light is used to harden and set each layer. As a final step, Dr. Konig shapes and polishes the filling to look optimally natural and attractive.
In years past, the go-to filling material was metal amalgam. Although some dentists still use this material, the most modern fillings today are made from composite resin, like the ones Dr. Konig provides. There are several reasons metal fillings are not the desired choice today:
- Unattractive in your smile. Metal fillings are apparent when you laugh and speak. White fillings blend into your smile and are matched to your natural tooth color. No one will notice your white fillings, and thus you can feel more confident in your social interactions.
- Expansion and contraction. Metal fillings expand and contract in response to temperature fluctuations in your mouth. Such movement can crack the tooth containing the filling. When this happens, a tooth crown may be needed to restore the damaged tooth.
- Presence of mercury. Metal fillings contain certain types of material that some patients want to avoid. Chief among them is mercury, which in very high concentrations can be toxic if ingested. Fillings don't contain enough mercury to be considered dangerous, but many people prefer to avoid having any amount of it in their mouths.
For these reasons, Dr. Konig has been using composite resin fillings for more than a decade. He wants you to have effective dental restorations that are not only good for your teeth, but that also create an attractive, pleasing smile.
What Are the Advantages of Using Porcelain Fillings Over Metal Fillings?
- Porcelain is tooth-colored and looks more natural. Porcelain fillings can be specifically designed to match the patient’s exact tooth shade. Unlike other dental fillings that may have a more metallic look, these allow your teeth to look more natural, almost as if you don’t have a filling at all. Porcelain fillings are virtually invisible and can contribute to a whiter smile!
- Porcelain is mercury-free. Other dental fillings such as silver amalgam, which can also be used as fillings for teeth, can contain mercury which can sometimes cause the body harm. Porcelain fillings do not contain mercury .
- Porcelain fillings are made to bond to your natural tooth. Other fillings may not always be individually customized to snugly sit on the tops of every tooth they cover. Because porcelain can be shaped in this manner, your dentist won’t have to tamper with as much of your healthy tooth as they would with other fillings.
- Porcelain is durable. Some patients who have had their teeth filled with materials that weren’t porcelain may have experienced chipping or the entire filling coming off while chewing their food or grinding their teeth. Luckily with porcelain, these fillings are made to be durable and strong, making them as tough as your natural teeth.
- Porcelain won’t expand and contract as other fillings might. Some types of dental fillings can move or change in size when extreme heat or extreme cold is placed on them, such as a cup of hot coffee or a scoop of ice cream. Porcelain does not react to changing food temperatures this way, eliminating tooth sensitivity.
Are Porcelain Dental Fillings Expensive?
Because they are durable and can last years, porcelain dental fillings may cost anywhere between $300 to $4,500 per procedure. Porcelain fillings are the most expensive type of dental fillings, however, because they are each customized to fit onto every individual tooth, this specificity brings long-lasting results. Many patients call their porcelain dental fillings worth it.
If you have questions about making payments or payment plans regarding your dental treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us here.
Will My Insurance Cover My Porcelain Fillings?
Most dental insurance plans will cover porcelain fillings because even though they may be implanted for cosmetic purposes, fillings are also necessary for the overall function of your teeth and the maintenance of good oral health.
How Long Will Porcelain Dental Fillings Last?
Porcelain fillings are meant to last around seven to 15 years with the proper oral care and routine. After this period of time has passed, or if you notice any changes with your fillings before then, we are happy to welcome patients back to our office to consider a reapplication of their porcelain fillings!
Do Teeth Become More Sensitive With Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth sensitivity for any kind of filling is common . Air, pressure, and food temperature can all have an impact on your tooth sensitivity following your filling procedure. Immediately after getting your filling, it is recommended to avoid extremely hot and cold foods and beverages that can cause sensitivity. This sensitivity normally disappears after two to four weeks following your dental procedure.
What People Say About Us!
"Dr.Konig and staff are the best around! I always receive so many compliments on my smile! They do beautiful work! I’m always relaxed when getting work done because his staff is so caring and professional. Dr. Konig is a master Dentist who I always feels like he cares and wants the best for his patients."