Since the 19th century, dentists have used metal amalgam fillings to treat cavities and prevent further decay. And while metal fillings are effective for treating decay, they are far from perfect.

Metal fillings are aesthetically unpleasing and can expand and contract with temperature fluctuations, which may result in the fillings falling out or cracking your teeth. Porcelain fillings and white composite fillings, however, have emerged as durable, attractive alternatives to traditional metal fillings.

Porcelain fillings and white fillings are virtually undetectable because they can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. They are also functionally superior to metal fillings, and will not become loose, fall out or impact the structure of your tooth. And because they’re not metal, they’re more compatible with your overall health. Experienced Burke, Virginia, cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban is committed to the aesthetic and functional benefits of metal-free dentistry and porcelain and white composite fillings.

White Fillings

White composite fillings are ideal for small to medium-sized cavities in areas of the mouth that require moderate chewing pressure. Made of a composite resin, these fillings can match your natural teeth and provide a seamless smile.

Unlike metal amalgam, Dr. Marzban can place white fillings by removing very little of your tooth material. This helps preserve the natural integrity of your tooth. White composite fillings are safe, sturdy, and ideal for a wide range of conditions and ages. White composite fillings bond to your teeth, creating a seal against bacteria. They don’t corrode and turn black like silver fillings. We use safe, BPA-free composite in our fillings, so there’s no concern about metal contamination.

Composite white fillings do have shortcomings, though. They are vulnerable to wear over time if you eat hard foods or use your teeth as tools. And composite fillings can stain with exposure to coffee, tea, or wine. When polished, composite fillings look like natural tooth enamel. With wear, they may have a different luster from your enamel.

Porcelain Fillings

For teeth with large cavities or cavities in areas where maximum chewing pressure is required, porcelain fillings are the best option. Like white fillings, Dr. Marzban can precisely match porcelain fillings to your natural tooth color, eliminating any evidence of dental work. Porcelain fillings not only match the color, but also the luster of your tooth enamel. They are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. And not only do porcelain fillings start attractive, they are highly resistant to staining. They can maintain their attractive color for a lifetime.

You might think porcelain fillings are fragile, but they’re not. According to the American Dental Association, porcelain fillings provide the strongest, most reliable solution for dental restoration. They are not made of the same porcelain as dishes–they are advanced ceramics that look like porcelain. They are all stronger than natural tooth enamel, and some are as strong as titanium. Unlike metal fillings, porcelain fillings have the added benefit of being both wear-resistant and impervious to heat fluctuations.

Both porcelain fillings and white composite fillings provide ultimate functionality and superior aesthetic results. Many patients choose to replace their old metal fillings with these options to strengthen their teeth and reduce the unappealing appearance of a metallic smile.

If you live in or around Fairfax, Fairfax Station, or Burke, Virginia, and are interested in learning more about the benefits of white composite fillings and porcelain fillings, please contact the office of Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule a consultation.