Tooth Colored Fillings

Because of the concern with the safety of silver mercury fillings, research in dental materials and techniques have lead to tooth colored restorations that are durable, strong, and more pleasing. Tooth colored filling are either made from ceramics or plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

The plastic fillings, also called composite fillings, are made from microscopic glass particles embedded in a resin. They are used to restore decayed or previously filled teeth. The advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental materials, is that they require less healthy tooth structures to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to the composite fillings ability to bond and adhere to the tooth.

Some patients may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in the newly filled tooth for a few days or as long as a week. If the sensitivity continues beyond that time, please contact your dentist.