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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Spring Hill, TN

A Metal-Free Solution to Cavities

young woman smiling at her appointment with her dentist in Spring Hill As long as you take good care of them, your teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, tooth decay still happens from time to time. In fact, more than 90% of adults have experienced at least one cavity in a permanent tooth. Traditionally, a metal filling would be used to treat it. In recent years, however, many patients have become concerned about the trace amounts of mercury in metal fillings. Thankfully, your dentist in Spring Hill, TN offers tooth-colored fillings as a much healthier and more cosmetically pleasing alternative. Give us a call to learn more about this method of metal-free cavity repair!

diagram of tooth-colored filling on bottom molar Tooth-Colored Fillings: An Overview

Instead of using an amalgamation of metals like silver and gold, tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a putty-like mixture of fine plastic and glass particles. Their chemical makeup allows them to be customized to match the exact shade of your enamel, blending in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. This material forms a direct bond with the tooth, which means that less enamel must be removed to make room for it. You get to retain more of your natural tooth structure for much, much longer.

young woman getting tooth-colored filling hardened with curing light The Process of Getting Tooth-Colored Fillings

Depending on how many of your teeth need to be treated, an appointment for tooth-colored fillings typically lasts an hour or less. Before the procedure even begins, Dr. Chapman or Dr. Kelly will give your mouth a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable. Although you may feel a slight pressure, you shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure.

Once your tooth is numb, we remove the decayed portion and thoroughly disinfect the area. A weak acid is applied to the enamel to open the pores and help the composite resin adhere to it more effectively. The resin is then placed onto your tooth in layers and sculpted until it’s in the right shape. By shining a special ultraviolet light onto the tooth, the resin hardens into place in just a few seconds. After we smooth and polish your tooth, you’re free to enjoy the benefits of your newly healed smile!

dentist treating young woman Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings Over Metal Fillings

Compared to traditional metal fillings, composite resin fillings offer a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Being free of mercury and all metals
  • Having a natural-looking appearance
  • Bonding directly to the tooth, sealing out bacteria that cause infection
  • Decreasing the risk of tooth sensitivity
  • Preventing your tooth from darkening over the years
  • Requiring no additional maintenance beyond what you would give to your other natural teeth