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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Avon, MA

Seamlessly Stop Tooth Decay in Its Tracks

The outermost layer of your teeth is made of a substance called enamel, which is the hardest material in the human body. Because of this incredible durability, though, enamel is technically inorganic. Once it has been damaged or lost, it cannot regenerate new cells to heal itself. In fact, the issue will only worsen the longer you put off getting treatment. That’s why it’s important to get a filling when you have a cavity. In the past, that meant a noticeable metal filling, but nowadays, we can seamlessly stop tooth decay in its tracks with tooth-colored fillings in Avon, MA. They restore strength to your teeth without compromising their appearance.

Why Choose Avon Dental Group for Tooth-Colored Fillings?  

  • Well-Trained Dentists
  • Patients of All Ages Welcome
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Office

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

woman smiling in mirror after getting tooth-colored fillings in Avon, MA

For generations, dental fillings were made of an amalgam of various metals, including silver, gold, tin, and even mercury. Eventually, dentists discovered a more aesthetically pleasing alternative filling material known as composite resin. This flexible substance directly bonds to the tooth, making it better for your oral health in the long term. Additionally, it comes in a variety of shades, so we can always find the perfect color that allows it to blend in with the rest of your smile.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings Over Amalgam

models of teeth with gold, silver, and tooth-colored fillings

Here are some of the reasons why tooth-colored fillings are superior to their amalgam counterparts:

  • They’re completely mercury-free. Even trace amounts of mercury have been linked to many unpleasant symptoms, like nausea, dizziness, headaches, and depression.
  • They more effectively shield the inner nerves of the tooth from hot and cold stimuli that could trigger painful sensitivity.
  • Unlike metal, which expands and contracts when exposed to heat and coldness, composite resin remains the same size. This prevents the tooth from gradually fracturing over time.
  • Because the resin chemically bonds with the tooth, less enamel must be removed to ensure there is room for the filling. You get to keep more of your natural tooth structure for much longer.
  • The metal from amalgam fillings can seep into your enamel, causing permanent stains. Composite resin, on the other hand, blends in so well that onlookers shouldn’t be able to notice that you had any dental work done!

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

model of tooth-colored filling on molar

To begin the tooth-colored fillings procedure, either Dr. Malaviya or Dr. Sardhara use a local anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth they’ll be working on. After the decayed portion of your enamel is removed, we apply the composite resin in layers until the tooth is built back up to its original structure. We then shine an ultraviolet light onto the tooth, which hardens the resin into place in mere seconds. You may experience some sensitivity following the procedure, but it should be minimal.

Do you suspect that you might need a filling? Contact Avon Dental Group to learn how we can repair your oral health without sacrificing the natural beauty of your smile.

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