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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Murphy, TX

Fixing Cavities in a Natural-Looking Way

The health of your smile should always come first, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take appearances into account. When repairing a cavity, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Najari will often recommend a natural-looking tooth-colored filling. You’ll be able to smile with confidence while also having the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your tooth is well-protected against further decay. Contact us for more information about tooth-colored fillings if you think you might benefit from getting one.

Why Choose Murphy Family Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

  • Natural-Looking, Metal-Free Materials
  • Dentists with Advanced Restorative Training
  • Multiple Dental Insurance Plans Accepted

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Illustration of tooth with tooth-colored filling in Murphy, TX

Tooth-colored fillings are an alternative to traditional metal amalgam fillings that many modern dentists have adopted. This type of filling is made out of composite resin, which is notable for its resemblance to tooth enamel. When composite resin is appropriately shaded and sculpted, it can be made to look like a natural part of your tooth.

It should be noted that composite resin is capable of forming a strong bond with the tooth without the need for undercutting. This means you will be able to get a filling that you can rely on while also being able to keep more of your natural dental structure.

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

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After you have decided to have a tooth-colored filling placed, you can generally expect the process to be completed in just one appointment. Step one is to remove the decayed parts of the tooth. We may also use a weak acid to help ensure a stronger bond between the tooth and the composite resin.

Once we’re sure that the tooth is ready, we will rinse and dry it. Then we will place composite resin in the areas where dental structure has been lost. You won’t have to wait too long for the composite resin to harden because we will shine a special dental light on it once it’s in place.

After we have placed the filling, we have to make sure that it won’t negatively affect your bite. If there are any issues, we can address them by making a few slight adjustments. Then, once we’re satisfied with the state of your filling, we’ll finish up by polishing your tooth.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

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Tooth-colored fillings don’t stand out nearly as much as metal ones. Most casual observers likely won’t even realize that you have had a filling placed, and there’s no risk of your tooth darkening over time.

Additionally, composite resin offers a highly biocompatible solution for repairing cavities. It doesn’t contain any metals that could trigger sensitivities in certain patients, and you won’t have to be exposed to any mercury.

The average tooth-colored filling can potentially last for a very long time. Patients who are diligent about taking care of their mouths can sometimes keep their fillings for well over a decade.