Fillings

Ben Elchami, DMD -  - Dentist

Chami Dental

Ben Elchami, DMD

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Fillings are seamless and invisible to everyone but your dentist or dental hygienist. Dr. Ben Elchami is a trusted and respected provider of white (tooth colored) fillings in Midtown East, Manhattan, using advanced, safe materials, and strong composite resins to help patients at Chami Dental maintain healthy teeth. In addition to looking more attractive and natural, tooth-colored fillings offer other important benefits as well.

White Fillings Q & A

What’s the purpose of a filling?

Fillings are used to repair and restore teeth damaged by decay or, in some cases, trauma. Once the damaged portion of a tooth is removed, the filling material stabilizes and strengthens it, while also sealing over the cavity site to prevent additional decay and sensitivity.

What are white fillings?

Also called tooth-colored fillings, white fillings are made of composite resin mixed and tinted to match the surrounding tooth material, providing a restoration that’s almost impossible to detect. Like amalgam fillings, white fillings are used to fix decayed or damaged teeth. But unlike amalgam fillings, white fillings contain no mercury or other metals and are much more aesthetic. The special composite resins used at Chami Dental are among the safest, strongest and most aesthetic materials available.

How are white fillings applied to the teeth?

First, Dr. Elchami carefully removes the decayed portion of the tooth, leaving the healthy tooth intact. The area is cleaned, and then Dr. Elchami applies the resin on the tooth in multiple layers, expertly shaping the resin so it looks natural and feels comfortable. Once Dr. Elchami finishes shaping the filling, a special light is used to cure or harden the filling. A final buffing ensures the tooth looks great and the filling fits perfectly.

Do white fillings require special care?

No. White fillings are cared for just like a metal fillings, with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups. In addition to being durable and long lasting, the composite material used in white fillings is more resistant to staining than the amalgam or silver fillings.

Is a white filling superior to a metal amalgam filling?

Most patients prefer white fillings because they blend in with the surrounding tooth material, making the restoration virtually invisible. But beyond that, white fillings offer other advantages. First, they don’t contain metals, which means they’re not associated with potential side effects linked with mercury and other metal filling components. They also won’t turn darker, and become more obvious, with time. Finally, the layering application provides a superior bond with the natural tooth material, preventing bacteria from reaching around the edges of the restoration where it can cause additional decay. When the filling gets larger in size, a porcelain onlay is used to replace decayed or lost tooth structure because porcelain is a much stronger material when the restoration is large in size. Porcelain is also safe, the color of the teeth, is lab made, and contains no metals.

How long do white fillings last?

The composite resin used in white fillings and porcelain onlays used for larger fillings are durable, and with proper care, the fillings or restorations can last for many years without wearing down.