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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Hoover, AL

Save Natural Teeth Without Sacrificing Esthetics

Every once in a while, cavities can develop, leaving your tooth enamel at risk for future damage and your inner tooth exposed to harmful bacteria. Instead of relying on silver material to restore teeth, Dr. Moulton makes use of composite resin, a material that can be blended and shaded to match tooth enamel exactly. That means you don’t have to settle for a metal-filled mouth just to keep your smile repaired and protected with tooth-colored filings in Hoover, AL!

Why Choose Moulton Dentistry of Hoover for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

  • Early Cavity Detection System Used to Catch Damage Sooner
  • Durable Composite Resin Materials for Better Esthetics
  • Patience and Comfort Guaranteed, Especially for Younger Patients

Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Silver Fillings

Animation of smile with metal filling

If you’ve ever received dental fillings in the past, you may have felt increased sensitivity in these treated teeth, especially when exposed to extreme temperatures. This occurs because the metal alloys in your filling expand and contract, causing the tooth to shift apart and fracture the tooth further.

Unlike silver fillings, tooth-colored alternatives do not rely on metal amalgam material to restore damaged teeth. Instead, they use a material that is created by mixing glass and plastic together, called composite resin. Because this material can be shaded to color-match your current tooth enamel, we can ensure that your restorative treatment keeps esthetics in mind.

How Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Benefit Me?

When you choose metal-free restorations to fill cracks and cavities in teeth, you’re actually doing more to protect your teeth from future damage compared to traditional amalgam fillings. In many cases, amalgam fillings require the removal of some tooth enamel before they can be placed. Because of the pliability of composite resin, it’s much easier to mold and shape the filling once it’s been placed inside of the tooth. Furthermore, composite resin will not contract when exposed to cold or hot temperatures, reducing the risk of future fractures occurring. If you need to have your silver fillings replaced, our dental office can help!

What Does the Process Entail?

Treatment for tooth-colored fillings usually only takes one appointment to complete. When you arrive, we’ll carefully examine your tooth, then begin the process of gently etching your tooth so that the resin bonds more effectively to your enamel. Then, we’ll brush a bonding agent onto your tooth and give it time to dry. Next, the resin is color-matched to your current tooth’s shade and molded around your tooth. Once we’ve determined that your tooth is restored, we’ll make minor modifications to the resin and harden it instantly using a special curing light. With proper care, your filling should last 10 years or longer.