Q&A: Tooth-Colored Filling Candidacy

Q&AskyWhen you learn that we offer tooth-colored fillings to address cavities, you may instantly assume this is a special type of restorative treatment. Indeed, you would be correct that it is special because of its exceptional list of benefits. However, if this seemingly elite option sounds too good to be true – or, perhaps, simply too good for you, we insist that you learn more about this type of dental filling. Fortunately, candidacy for a filling composed of composite is often much more inclusive than the metal fillings of the past. Consider answers to frequently asked questions and you will quickly discover that qualifying is quite simple.

Questions and Answers: White Filling Candidacy

Question: What if I have very sensitive teeth? Will a tooth-colored filling cause additional sensitivity to hot and cold like amalgam fillings do?

Answer: Fortunately, composite does not contain any metal and is considered a poor thermal conductor. Translation? Unlike metal, which heats up and cools off quickly, composite will not lead to sensitivity as a result of temperature.

Question: Can I receive a tooth-colored filling if I’m pregnant?

Answer: Yes, pregnant women make good candidates for composite-based fillings because the material that we use is free of mercury, a potential toxin found in amalgam fillings.

Question: Will patients with metal allergies qualify as candidates for tooth-colored fillings?

Answer: Fortunately, the absence of metal in white fillings means that most patients – including those allergic to metal – will qualify for treatment.

Question: Is this type of filling safe for children? I know metal fillings are not always recommended for very young children.

Answer: Similar to the concern for pregnant women, the traces of mercury found in metal fillings are not considered safe for young children. Tooth-colored fillings, however, are considered safe.

ABOUT YOUR LIVONIA, MI, DENTIST:

James Stewart, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.