At Sunshine Family Dental, we only use porcelain-composite fillings, also known as composite or white fillings. The material is a non-toxic and composed of porcelain and resins that match the color of the tooth.
Composite fillings can be used in teeth that are under great chewing pressure such as molars and bicuspids, and now thanks to improved technologies such as directed shrinkage of the ceramic polymer material used to fill cavities, these composite fillings are reliable and are fast becoming the standard of care for forward-thinking dentists and cosmetic dentists.
The largest benefit of using porcelain ceramic fillings is the completely natural appearance of the repaired tooth. Many patients are so happy with the appearance of their treated teeth that they eventually have all their old fillings removed and replaced with ceramic fillings.
Another strong advantage of porcelain-composite fillings is that the material is very durable, rugged and capable of lasting longer than amalgam fillings. On average, composite fillings last from 10 to 20 years, while amalgam fillings last from 5 to 10 years.
Safety of materials is a positive focus when discussing ceramic fillings. Particularly with amalgam fillings and their mixture of silver and mercury, there is always the possible allergic reaction to one of the metals being used.
Lastly, composite fillings are more resistant to stains and abrasions than conventional fillings and do not run the risk of developing micro-cracks and fissures as amalgam fillings do. These cracks and fissures in the fillings can lead to further decay within the sealed tooth where the cavity had existed.