WHAT ARE WHITE FILLERS?
White Fillers (White light fillings) are popularly known as 'Laser Filling'. However, the light source used for the hardening of the composite material is not laser, but halogen or LED light sources. Composite materials are polymer structures that can mimic tooth hard tissue. These materials can be easily attached to the teeth thanks to the preliminary preparation made to the teeth.
WHICH TEETH ARE PREFERRED BY WHITE FILLINGS?
○ It is used in the treatment of dental caries and in making aesthetic white fillings instead of amalgam fillings.
○ It is used in the treatment of broken teeth.
○ It is used in the treatment of intermittent teeth.
○ It is used in teeth with tooth wear and sensitivity.
○ It is used for minor shape changes.
IN WHICH CASES WHITE FILLINGS ARE NOT APPLIED?
○ Porcelain lamina or porcelain crown is preferred in cases where many aesthetic restorations involving anterior teeth are required.
○ If the loss of substance in the teeth is high, porcelain lamina, inlay or porcelain crown are preferred.
○ If the patient smokes a lot of tea, coffee or cigarettes, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns are preferred.
CAN I CUT THE TEETH IN WHITE FILLINGS?
There is usually no need for tooth cutting when making composite restorations.
WHAT IS THE LIFE OF COMPOSITE RESTORATIONS?
Composite restorations are very successful in patients with limited use of tea, coffee and smoking. It can be used for 6-7 years after the polishing process done once a year. In case of discoloration or any fracture, it can be restored without being completely disassembled.
If the loss of material in the teeth is not sufficient to support a filling, but not so much as to require a crown, restorations called inlays or onlays are preferred.
These applications made of tooth-colored porcelain are extremely durable restorations that replace the loss of substance in the tooth in terms of aesthetics and functionality.