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Tooth Colored Fillings

What is a tooth colored filling?

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and replaced with a composite filling that will match the shape and color of your existing tooth.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Our Beachwood OH dental office uses composite fillings rather than mercury/silver amalgam fillings.

There are many uses for composite or tooth colored fillings. Some of these are:

  • To repair chipped teeth
  • To close spacing between two teeth
  • To restore cracked or broken teeth
  • To repair decayed teeth
  • To restore worn teeth

Actual Dental Case by Dr. Faist

BEFORE 1 filling, 1 crown, and selectively reshaped several teeth
BEFORE 1 filling, 1 crown, and selectively reshaped several teeth
AFTER 1 filling, 1 crown, and selectively reshaped several teeth
AFTER 1 filling, 1 crown, and selectively reshaped several teeth

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually completed in one appointment. While the area around your tooth is numb, Dr. Faist will remove tooth decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your dental treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new filling(s).

The advantages of composite fillings versus mercury/silver amalgam fillings are:

  • Composite fillings blend in with your other teeth for a more natural appearance
  • Composite fillings actually bond to your teeth, making the tooth stronger than with an amalgam filling
  • Because of the tooth bonding of a composite filling, cavity preparation is more conservative with less tooth structure needed to be removed
  • Composite fillings are gentler on the surrounding soft tissue
  • Composite fillings do not contain mercury

The disadvantages of mercury/silver amalgam fillings are:

  • Silver amalgam fillings are less attractive than tooth colored fillings
  • Sometimes more of your tooth needs to be removed to accommodate the amalgam filling
  • Silver fillings will eventually crack allowing bacteria to get into the tooth that can lead to more decay
  • Amalgam fillings expand and contract with cold and hot causing the filling to fracture and allow bacteria in
  • Amalgam fillings make the tooth weaker over time
  • Mercury is released during chewing with silver fillings
  • Some people are allergic to mercury