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You can restore your smile with tooth colored white fillings and porcelain dental crowns. White fillings and porcelain dental crowns are restorative dentistryeffective options for filling cavities or concealing cosmetic imperfections, such as cracks, chips and discolorations on teeth. Both these restorations are tooth colored and blend in with the surrounding teeth for the most natural look possible. Dr. Francesco Maratta is your New Haven, CT dentist for white fillings and porcelain dental crowns.

White Fillings

Traditional amalgam fillings are effective at filling cavities, but since they are silver, they are readily noticeable against the teeth. White fillings are a great alternative. Since they are tooth colored, they blend in and no one will know you have fillings. White fillings are made from a resin material that can be color matched to your existing teeth. In addition to being less conspicuous, white fillings might be safer than amalgam fillings, which contain mercury and other metals. Your New Haven dentist can replace your old amalgam fillings with white ones.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Porcelain dental crowns are caps that completely surround problem teeth that are not quite perfect. Cosmetically, crowns can conceal chips, cracks, stains and other imperfections on teeth. The porcelain material used to make dental crowns closely resembles natural tooth enamel and can be color matched to the surrounding teeth. Dental crowns can transform teeth and give them a beautiful new appearance. Once placed, porcelain dental crowns look and function just like the natural teeth they are concealing.

You do not have to settle for unattractive silver fillings or cosmetic imperfections in your smile. Instead, restore your smile with white fillings and porcelain dental crowns. To restore your smile, schedule an appointment in New Haven, CT, with Dr. Maratta by calling the office at (203) 773-1701.

By New Haven Prosthodontics
April 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  


White Fillings

A common procedure that Frank Maratta, DMD performs at his New Haven dentist office is filling cavities. In the past, fillings were dark in color because they were made from a metal, like gold or silver amalgam (mostly mercury mixed with other types of metals). Nowadays many patients ask for white fillings instead of metal-colored ones. Find out more about getting white fillings and their many benefits.

Cavity Fillings

Fillings are used when a patient has a cavity, which is a hole in the surface of the tooth that can lead to infection. The filling material protects the tooth from food and bad bacteria that can cause dental problems. After a cavity filling, the tooth will usually remain protected for many years, as long as the patient commits to good dental practices and regular visits to Dr. Maratta’s New Haven dentist office.

White Fillings

Many patients don’t like the appearance of metal fillings (they are often noticeable when you smile, talk or laugh) so they specifically request “white” fillings that are tooth-colored. White fillings are either made of porcelain or composite resin material. The dentist carefully evaluates your teeth and picks the shade that is closest to your natural tooth color. When the filling is applied, it’s virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth’s enamel.

Benefits of White Fillings

One of the main reasons why patients request white fillings is because they are more attractive than metal fillings. They are also durable (can last up to 10 years) and can absorb the pressure of biting down and chewing very well. Also, some patients simply prefer non-mercury fillings -- “white” fillings are commonly made of composite resin material, which is a mixture of plastic and glass. 

Request White Fillings at Your Appointment

If you need a cavity filled and are concerned about how they will look, talk to Dr. Maratta about white fillings at your next appointment. Call (203) 773-1701 to schedule a consultation at his New Haven dentist office today.