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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Corpus Christi, TX

Choose a Natural-Looking Solution

Although cavities are preventable, about 25% of adults have untreated decay. If you’ve had a cavity, your dentist might have used a metal filling to treat it. While amalgam fillings have been used for generations, you have another option. Tooth-colored fillings in Corpus Christi blend in with your enamel. You won’t have to worry about your filling sticking out like a sore thumb or any allergic reactions because they are metal-free. Whether you’re interested in replacing an old metal filling or you need a new one, we have the natural-looking solution you need.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Dentist using shade quide

Traditional fillings are made of a mixture of metals, including mercury. While the American Dental Association supports their use, people are being more aware of the materials they introduce into their bodies, like toxic metals. Mercury is known to cause several serious health issues. While the amount found in amalgam fillings is minimal, there’s a concern about potential long-term mercury exposure. Not to mention, they can cause poor reactions in patients with metal sensitivities and are very noticeable.

Tooth-colored fillings resolve the disadvantages of amalgam. A composite resin material is used to repair the tooth without any metals, including mercury. They are a biocompatible solution that’s shaded to match the color of enamel. Although they aren’t made of metal, they can last for decades with the right maintenance.

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

Dentist placing tooth-colored filling

The process of placing a tooth-colored filling is quicker than what you are used to. After your tooth has been prepared, your dentist in Corpus Christi will apply a weak acid to the surface of your tooth to roughen it. They won’t have to cut wedges in your tooth to support the filling to preserve more of your natural structure. Your tooth will be rinsed with water before your dentist applies the resin to it. A special dental light will be used to harden the material quickly. After your tooth is smoothed and polished, you will walk out of your appointment with a beautiful, healthy smile.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Woman at dentist looking in mirror

Tooth-colored fillings are a great option for patients interested in treating decay while improving the appearance of their smile. They provide a variety of benefits, including:

  • Better Aesthetics: Your filling will be undetectable to an untrained eye. Even as time passes, your restoration will remain discreet because it won’t cause darkening of the tooth, like metal fillings.
  • Metal and Mercury-Free: Composite resin is safe for patients with metal sensitivities, while also reducing the risk of mercury exposure.
  • Durable Solution: Tooth-colored fillings are durable to withstand the pressure of chewing. They can last for a decade or longer before needing to be replaced.
  • Affordable: Although every plan differs, most dental insurances can be used to offset the cost of metal-free fillings.

If you are embarrassed by an old filling or need to have a new cavity treated, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Contact our office today to see if a tooth-colored filling is right for you.