Tooth Fillings

Cosmetically Appealing Tooth Fillings

Tooth fillings are the most common solution for treating cavities – the depressions, or holes, that form in teeth due to the progression of tooth decay. The point of the tooth filling is to seal and protect the exposed portion of your tooth, and to fortify the healthy structure that remains. At our office, we utilize biocompatible composite resin to create tooth-colored fillings that treat cavities with greater discretion than traditional metal fillings. The tooth-colored restorations also provide several other benefits for your oral health, including more successful restoration of your tooth.

What Is a Tooth-Colored Filling?

A tooth-colored filling is called such because the composite resin used to create it is customized to match your tooth’s unique color and shade. The resin, which is also used for cosmetic tooth bonding, has the ability to be bonded securely to your tooth structure to create a highly effective seal against harmful oral bacteria. In addition to keeping your tooth restoration more discreet and cosmetically appealing, a filling made out of resin can also do a more effective job of protecting your tooth’s health in the long-term.

The Benefits Compared to Metal Fillings

  • More discreet treatment – As their name suggests, tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend in with the healthy tooth structure surrounding them. Unlike metal, they won’t shine noticeably when you speak or smile, but rather blend in and remain virtually undetectable for life.
  • Greater safety for more patients – Because composite resin fillings don’t contain any traces of metal, we can recommend them for a wider variety of patients, including those who have metal allergies or are especially sensitive due to pregnancy or other medical concerns.
  • Reduced risks of needing root canal treatment – Because composite resin is more biocompatible, it bonds more securely to your tooth than metal. Therefore, a tooth-colored filling offers less risk of failing and leading to the need for more extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy.

Treat Your Cavity with a Tooth-Colored Filling

Tooth-colored fillings allow you to treat your cavity and restore your tooth while maintaining your smile’s natural, healthy appearance. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call our Ballard Neighborhood Dentist office in Seattle, WA, today at 206-789-2555. We also proudly serve the residents of Shoreline, Edmonds, Crown Hill, Loyal Heights, and all surrounding communities.

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