White Fillings Specialist
Palo Alto Dental Spa offers white fillings, designed to blend with the natural tooth color, so our East Palo Alto, CA patients experience restorations that are nearly invisible.
White Fillings Q&A
What are white fillings?
White fillings are fillings that are made of tooth-colored material so that, when used to fill a cavity, they blend in with the surrounding tooth material, making them essentially invisible to anyone other than your dentist or dental hygienist. In recent years, tooth-colored fillings have increased in popularity as patients seek to maintain the appearance of a natural, healthy-looking smile even when restorative treatments are necessary.
Can white fillings be used to cover metal fillings?
No; just like traditional metal amalgam fillings, white fillings have to be placed against your natural tooth surface in order to properly bond and prevent bacteria from entering the tooth. That means the old amalgam filling will need to be removed and replaced with a brand new white filling. Removing the old filling also gives your dentist an opportunity to ensure additional decay has not formed beneath or around the metal filling. Crowns provide another option to cover teeth with large, dark fillings.
What are tooth-colored fillings made of?
Natural-colored fillings are composed of resins that are built up in layers to mimic the way natural teeth are formed. That allows them to form a stronger bond with the tooth's surface to seal out bacteria that can cause decay. A stronger bond also means composite fillings are less likely to chip, break or fall out.
Do white fillings cost more than metal amalgam fillings?
White fillings do tend to be more costly than amalgam fillings, but most patients find the extra cost is worth the added self-confidence that comes from having a healthy-looking smile. Plus, white fillings' stronger bond with the natural tooth surface make them an excellent investment in your long-term dental health. The Palo Alto Dental Spa office staff can provide you with information about payment arrangements and financing options if white fillings are not covered by your insurer.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most PPOs/Premier dental insurance and dental plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Delta Dental, and MetLife.
Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance or benefits provider listed.