Matt Sahli, DDS
Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Tukwila, WA & Lacey, WA
White fillings are designed to flawlessly match surrounding tooth material so restorations are virtually undetectable. As an experienced provider of white fillings in Tukwila and Lacey, WA, Dr. Matt Sahli is skilled in helping patients at Sunrise Dental restore damaged teeth while still preserving a beautiful-looking smile.
White Fillings Q & A
What are White Fillings?
White fillings or tooth-colored fillings are fillings made of durable composite resins that can be custom-tinted to match the color of the surrounding tooth material, making restorations virtually invisible. White fillings are increasingly popular among patients who want to achieve state-of-the-art restorations following tooth decay or other damage without detracting from the appearance of the tooth or their smile.
Are White Fillings Better Than Traditional Metal Amalgam Fillings?
White fillings don’t contain mercury, which is a primary component of metal amalgam fillings. They’re also very durable and longer-lasting than softer metals like gold. Plus, the composite material of a tooth-colored filling is designed to achieve a superior bond with the natural tooth surface, making it much more difficult for decay-causing bacteria to “seep in” around the edges of the restoration. And of course, because they blend with the surrounding tooth, they’re simply more aesthetically pleasing than metal amalgam fillings that can turn dark and become more noticeable over time.
How is a Tooth-Colored Filling Applied?
Before application of the resin, the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is carefully removed and the treatment area is cleaned to remove all debris. The filling material is more liquid than metal amalgam filling materials, enabling it to be “flowed” onto the tooth, filling the cavity in layers. Once the filling is in place and shaped, it may be hardened or cured with a special light. Finally, the filling is buffed for a final result that looks natural and feels comfortable.
Do White Fillings Require Any Special Care?
No, white fillings are designed to be extremely durable, and they can be cared for just like a natural tooth with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of White Fillings?
Many plans provide at least partial coverage for the cost of the filling procedure, but any additional costs for the resin material may need to be paid for out of pocket. Our office can help determine the coverage provided by a specific policy as well as recommend simple financing options that can make the cost of care more affordable.
Accepted Insurance Providers
At Sunrise Dental, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept a variety of insurance providers to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
We also take most Union Insurances, with $0 out-of-pocket costs (up to annual maximum, excludes implants and some major services).
To view our full list of accepted Union Insurances, click here.
Words from our patients
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"Very friendly, efficient and truly committed in taking care of all dental needs. Never pressure that you must get work done - just letting you decide if or when."
"From the time I arrived, to when my appointment was finished, all staff were very friendly! My doctor took time to answer all my inquiries."
"They are very professional and understanding and I look forward to working with them to making my teeth healthy again."