White Fillings vs. Metal Fillings

Serving Patients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, and Norman, OK

In the past, the standard filling material for decayed teeth was metal amalgam. Although initially effective, this type of material has posed complications for patients through the years, as the metal tends to expand and contract with changes in temperature, weakening and even fracturing teeth over time. The metal also tends to loosen after several years, allowing tooth decay to reach underneath the filling’s surface, or causing the filling to fall out entirely.
Furthermore, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expressed concern that metal fillings containing mercury might be harmful to pregnant women and children. Research continues to support this finding, which is why Dr. Terry Bass is dedicated to having a metal-free dental practice.

Instead of metal, Dr. Bass’s first choice for treating decayed teeth is white porcelain fillings. Porcelain is the ideal filling material: it is safe, strong, and reflects light the same way natural enamel does, providing you with a realistic tooth restoration that perfectly blends with the rest of your smile. Dr. Bass also provides white composite fillings, which are directly bonded to your teeth for a similar natural look.

Some of the other benefits of white fillings include:
• Less sensitivity to hot and cold, protecting the structure of your tooth over time
• Requires less of your natural tooth tissue to be removed
• Bonded to your tooth, preventing future decay or loosening of the filling

If you would like more information about the benefits of white and porcelain fillings, please contact our experienced cosmetic dentistry team today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terry Bass, DDS. Our practice serves patients in Lawton, Norman, Edmond, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.