White fillings are a dental restorative material used to restore function, integrity
and morphology of missing tooth structure which can occur from cavities, external trauma, or lost intentionally through the preparation of the tooth by the dentist for the dental filling.
These fillings are commonly called composite resins after their ingredients. These resins are metal free and are composed of a variety of materials. The most popular ingredients include acrylic resin and powdered particles like glass.
Many people think that it takes more than one visit to the dentist to do the filings; but it takes only one visit.
Mild sensitivity is felt by some patients following the placement of composite resin fillings. This is usually temporary in nature and resolves on its own, usually in a few days. The only caution that is usually mentioned is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your white fillings over time. These restorations have been shown to last an average of 7-10 years. It is vital to see your dentist regularly so they can be evaluated at every visit for possible breakdown of the material or further cavity formation.
Because the white fillings can be blended and mixed, a skilled cosmetic dentist is able to precisely match the tooth color of the fillings with the natural color of your teeth. Thus, they can place fillings that are virtually undetectable. This means only you and your dentist will know you have these fillings.