Tooth-Colored Fillings

In the past, gold or silver fillings were typically used to provide resistance to fractures if a tooth is cracked or has a cavity removed. Now we are able to use the latest dental technology to color-match your filling so it is no longer noticeable, but provides the same protection for your teeth.

What does a filling do?

If a tooth is damaged by decay, a filling is used to restore the tooth and bring it back to its normal function and shape. By literally filling in spaces where bacteria can gather and add reinforcement, fillings help prevent further decay.

What are fillings made of?

The composites are made of a plastic resin and silica filler.

Why should I get tooth-colored fillings instead of gold or silver?

Tooth-colored fillings are a good choice for patients who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

Where can tooth-colored fillings be used?

Tooth-colored fillings can be used on teeth in any area in your mouth. They look like a natural part of your tooth so no one can tell they are there.

How long does it take to get a tooth-colored filling?

Composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry throughout the process, so placing a tooth-colored filling often takes longer than a metal filling. A typical filling appointment normally takes about an hour.

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