White filling care


Care after receiving white direct fillings

In contrast to metal fillings such as silver and gold, direct white /tooth-coloured fillings are made of hard plastic polymers.  White fillings have many advantages, for example have superb esthetics and blend with the tooth, harden instantly, durable, do not corrode, and support weak tooth structure by fusing to the remaining tooth structures.  However, polymer white fillings lack the ductility of metal fillings which allows a gradual adjustment to the patient’s biting pattern. Thus, more post operative adjustments may be needed; in particular, in large white fillings of molars of a bruxer.  White polymer fillings also tend to shrink when polymerized, this may result in microgaps at the tooth/filling interface, microfracture, and bending tension in the tooth.  Post operative discomfort such as thermal sensitivity, and bite sensitivity  may be more frequent with the white fillings; however, these problems are minors and can be adjusted easily.

White fillings reach maximum hardness immediately following polymerization; however, avoid chewing on the filling side which is the side that received anesthesia.  This prevents inadvertent injuries of the soft tissues (tongue, lip, etc,). You may experience some thermal or biting sensitivity up to 5-7 days; however, if it does not subside, you should contact our office for filling adjustment.