White Fillings for the Front and Back of the Teeth Q & A

What are white fillings made of?

They are made from glass powders and acrylic acid. They reflect the color of the teeth, giving a natural appearance.

Are white fillings durable?

Yes. They have been in use for years and many practices, including Santa Clarita Children’s Dental, prefer them to amalgam fillings. They will eventually need replacing, but with baby teeth in particular, this is not a concern.

What is the process for filling a cavity?

Once a cavity has been found, we set up an appointment for a filling. At the filling appointment, local anesthetic is used to prevent pain. Then, the decayed area is removed, and then the tooth is filled with white composite. A UV light is used to dry the filling faster. After the filling is in, the child will need to avoid eating and drinking for a few hours.

How can I prevent future cavities from forming?

Steps you can take to prevent any more cavities from forming include:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing every day
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Offering healthy foods
  • Following up with the dentist as scheduled

Call the office or book an appointment online if you’re concerned that your child might have cavities