Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth Fillings Bismarck, Garrison – North Dakota
What are Tooth Colored Fillings?
Metal fillings are an outdated treatment method, and we do not recommend them to our guests. Because metal fillings are not only highly visible but potentially damaging to your teeth, our team at Deeter Dental recommends tooth colored fillings to all patients, and in many cases, we can even replace your old metal fillings within a single visit.
Tooth Filling Patient Testimonial
“Great quick and painless experience. They made sure I was comfortable during my filling and it feels great. Thank you!”
Nicholas T. – April 2019
Disadvantages of Metal Fillings
Metal amalgam fillings have been used by dentists since the 1800’s to fill cavities and protect teeth from further damage. However, because metal is less chemically stable than your teeth, it often weakens and damages teeth by expanding and contracting in heat and cold, and weakening the structure of your tooth from the inside. Over time, it is likely that the continued expanding and contracting will cause your teeth to break.
Types of Tooth Colored Fillings
There are two types of tooth colored fillings:
- Composite fillings
- Porcelain dental inlays and onlays
Each has different benefits from the other, and our cosmetic dentists will recommend the ideal option to address your unique oral health needs. Composite fillings can be placed in a single appointment, while porcelain inlays and onlays must be made outside of our office in a specialized dental lab, requiring two visits to complete.
Composite Tooth Fillings
Deeter Dental offers several tooth colored filling options to repair your cavities or replace old metal amalgam fillings. One of the most effective options is composite tooth fillings. Dental composite is made of a resin mixture and is available in a number of shades of white to match your tooth enamel.
Creating Composite Tooth Fillings
Creating a composite tooth filling can be done in a single office visit. First, Dr. Matt, Dr. Terry, or Dr. Lucas will remove the portion of your tooth damaged by the cavity or remove the metal amalgam filling you are having replaced. Our Bismarck cosmetic dentists will choose the appropriate tint of composite to best match your tooth color, making the composite tooth filling as invisible to the naked eye as possible.
The surface where the composite filling will be placed must be clean of debris and dry. The composite can then be applied in thin, putty-like layers to cover the damaged area. Each layer of dental composite is cured, or hardened, with a special light before the next layer is applied. Once the surface of the tooth is sufficiently covered and adequately built up, a final layer is applied which seals the other layers.
The top layer is then polished to an enamel-like luster to match the rest of your tooth surface, and your composite filling is complete.
Composite vs. Porcelain
Many dentists prefer to use composite fillings for smaller cavities or in teeth with less damage because dental composite requires little or no healthy tooth material to be removed along with the decayed material. In contrast, healthy tooth material often must be removed for porcelain dental inlays and onlays to have enough space to be placed in a tooth cavity.
Dental composite fillings are stain-resistant and create a tight seal on your teeth to keep bacteria and moisture from damaging your tooth’s core. The hardness is similar to your natural tooth enamel, though slightly lower than porcelain. Most patients find that they never need to have their composite fillings replaced, and rarely have to have them repaired.
Should I Replace My Metal Fillings?
Metal fillings are a thing of the past, and if you are ready to have others notice your smile instead of your fillings, tooth colored fillings could be the right option for you.
If you have metal amalgam fillings and would like to have them replaced with tooth colored fillings, we invite you to try our “new guest experience,” where you will meet with a dentist and have the opportunity to discuss your treatment plan as well as the cost of treatment.
Schedule a Consultation
Please contact our Bismarck cosmetic dentists today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We welcome new and former patients from Bismarck and the surrounding areas of North Dakota. Call our Bismarck office at 701.222.1800 or our Garrison office at 701.463.2884.