Tooth-Colored Fillings

Do you have a cavity or silver amalgam filling? Dentistry has evolved over the years, and now, tooth-colored fillings can repair your smile without detracting from your appearance. 

Every dentist has reasons for switching from silver amalgam to composite resin fillings. At Michael J Nelson, DDS, we prefer the strength, appearance, and function of tooth-colored fillings compared to metal fillings. 

What Is a Tooth-Colored Filling?

A tooth-colored filling is made of composite resin, a combination of plastic and powdered glass that replicates the appearance of natural teeth. Composite resin fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are used to make cosmetic improvements on damaged or imperfect teeth.

Since your dentist bonds a composite resin filling directly to a tooth’s structure, it provides additional tooth support and doesn’t require as much drilling or preparation as metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are very versatile as the composite resin can seal decayed teeth and repair worn, chipped, or broken teeth. 

Why Do I Need a Filling?

The only way to know if or why you need a filling is to schedule an exam with your St. Louis Park dentist. If your dentist determines you need a filling, we will discuss your oral health needs, goals, and treatment details. 

Patients often need a filling because they have decay, but tooth-colored fillings can also conceal and fortify breaks, chips, and cracks in teeth. Cracked or broken teeth are more susceptible to decay or additional damage, but tooth-colored fillings protect the natural tooth while improving its appearance. 

Why Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings? 

Tooth-colored fillings do not contain any metal, unlike silver amalgam fillings. Composite resin fillings do not contract or extract due to temperature like metal fillings do. 

Our highly skilled dental team can match your tooth-colored filling to the shade of your natural teeth for a more uniform smile. 

Composite resin fillings require less tooth preparation and preserve more healthy tooth structure. 

The composite resin hardens much faster than amalgam. 

Because they bond directly to the tooth, tooth-colored fillings offer superior function and strength. The fillings essentially become a part of your tooth in appearance and stability. 

If damaged, we can quickly repair a tooth-colored filling. 

Amalgam fillings may leak and leave a dark hue or stain on the teeth or gums. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about this with tooth-colored fillings. 

Though the American Dental Association confirms silver amalgam fillings are safe, some patients prefer metal-free restorations. Countless patients choose tooth-colored fillings for this very reason. 

One of the best parts about getting a tooth-colored filling is that it only takes one dental appointment so that you can have a new and improved smile that very day! 

Schedule Your Dental Exam Today! 

At Michael J Nelson, DDS, we want to help you discover your best and healthiest smile. Tooth-colored fillings look just like natural teeth, while amalgam fillings aren’t aesthetically pleasing. Amalgam fillings are visible in the mouth, especially when laughing or speaking.

Not only are tooth-colored fillings indistinguishable from natural teeth, but they are also just as solid and sturdy as metal fillings. You can even have tooth-colored fillings on your front teeth, and no one would ever know!

Do you have additional questions about tooth-colored fillings in St. Louis Park? If so, please get in touch with our dental office today, and we can schedule your consultation with Dr. Nelson.