Tooth-Colored Fillings – Denton, TX

A Natural-Looking Treatment for Cavities

Child's smile compared to color chart before tooth colored filling placement

Dr. Dunson and his staff at Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry understand that the words, “you have a cavity,” are not what you’re hoping to hear when you come to see your Denton dentist. Nevertheless, at some point, nearly everyone does hear those words. In fact, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have cavities in their teeth. The solution, of course, is a dental filling. To restore your white smile, Dr. Dunson uses tooth-colored fillings at our Denton, TX dental office.

Why Choose Southridge Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

  • Lifelike, Long-Lasting Material
  • Modern Dental Facility
  • Dental Insurance Welcome

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Closeup of damaged smile before tooth colored fillings

Fillings have been around for a long time. Archaeologists have found evidence of fillings in molars dating between 7,500 and 9,500 years ago. In the 19th century, dentists began to use a variety of metals to fill teeth, including gold, tin, and silver. Dental amalgams, a mixture of tin, silver, mercury, and copper, were introduced later in that century.

With the advent of composite resin, tooth-colored fillings became available. In Denton, tooth-colored fillings offer the obvious advantage of blending seamlessly with the existing color of your damaged tooth as well as your other teeth. Beyond this benefit, tooth-colored fillings do not contain any metals, including mercury. Although the evidence is not conclusive about the possibility of mercury absorption from dental fillings, the use of composite resin materials in fillings eliminates any concern.

Furthermore, a tooth-colored filling from Denton dentist Dr. Dunson bonds securely with your existing tooth structure. A silver or amalgam filling actually rests within or on the surface of your tooth but does not bond with the enamel and dentin. Therefore, leakage is always a threat. Because composite resin can bond with your prepared tooth, the resulting repair is stronger, more secure, and more comfortable.

Dental Fillings in Denton

Kids with dental fillings smiling

As with an amalgam filling, a tooth-colored filling does require some tooth preparation. After the tooth and surrounding tissue are anesthetized, Dr. Dunson will remove decay, debris, and damage with a dentist’s drill. However, a tooth-colored filling requires less tooth prep—that means less time under the drill for you.

Preparation for your new filling is completed when the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Then, the tooth is isolated so saliva and other moisture cannot interfere with the bonding process. Dr. Dunson applies an adhesive to your tooth and then fills the cavity with composite resin material. After smoothing the material, the filling is hardened with a special curing light. We’ll have you bite together to make sure the filling conforms to the corresponding tooth in your opposing jaw.

When your tooth-colored filling is complete, you’ll have a seamless dental restoration that functions well and does not interfere with your white smile.