Tooth Colored Fillings

More Conservation of Tooth Structure

What are tooth-colored fillings?

The most common tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resin. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable and more attractive than other types of fillings.

What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings? Because composite resins are tooth-colored, they look more natural than other filling materials.  Because the filling is bonded to the tooth, often times they allow more conservation of tooth structure than other types of fillings.  In addition, tooth-colored fillings are compatible with dental sealants. A tooth can be filled and sealed at the same time to prevent further decay.

What are disadvantages? Tooth-colored fillings are not for every tooth. They work best in small-to-medium restorations and low-stress areas. For example, your dentist may not recommend a tooth-colored filling for a large cavity or for the chewing surface of a back tooth.  Tooth-colored fillings may stain or discolor over time. 

How do I care for a tooth-colored filling? Take care of a tooth-colored filling the same way you take care of a silver filling: Brush, floss, and visit your dentist.  Any filling will last longer with good oral hygiene. We will regularly check your fillings for color change, leakage, or unusual wear and inform you of the need for repair or replacement.