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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Naples, FL

Repair Cavities While Preserving Your Smile’s Appearance

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Despite excellent at-home dental routines, cavities are a common part of life for most of us. In the past, tooth decay was treated with shiny metal fillings that left a noticeable silver blob in your pearly whites. Thankfully, at Galleria Dentistry, we can repair cavities while preserving your smile’s appearance with tooth-colored fillings! This modern treatment is a safe, aesthetically pleasing way to get your oral health back on track. If you have a cavity, don’t hesitate to call us today to schedule your routine dental checkup and cleaning.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Made From?

Closeup of patient with tooth-colored filling in Naples

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a biocompatible and durable composite resin. Unlike amalgam (metal) fillings that contain silver and mercury, composite resin is comprised of acrylic, glass, and other particles that won’t irritate your mouth. Tooth-colored fillings are strong and flexible, which helps seal areas of tooth decay and protect them from further damage or bacteria. Additionally, its color can be matched to that of your natural teeth to make it blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?

Man visiting his Naples dentist for tooth-colored fillings

In most cases, your Naples dentist can repair teeth with tooth-colored fillings in just one quick visit. Your comfort is important to us, so the first step in placing a tooth-colored filling is to numb the area entirely with local anesthetic. Then, the decayed tissues are removed, and the cavity is sanitized. Once the area is completely clean, we’ll apply a special solution that will help your tooth-colored filling form a strong bond with your tooth.

Next, we’ll select a shade of resin that looks just like the color of your natural teeth and fill the prepared space with it. After we’ve carefully sculpted it into place, a special curing light will harden the filling and speed up the bonding process. Finally, we’ll ensure that your bite feels comfortable and make any final adjustments. Once your filling has been polished to perfection, you’ll be ready to enjoy your beautiful, healthy smile!

What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Woman with healthy smile after visiting Naples dentist

Tooth-colored fillings are a popular choice among both patients and dentists. They offer numerous advantages over traditional metal fillings, like:

  • Seamlessly lifelike appearance: Composite resin can be customized and shaded to closely mimic the color of your natural teeth, so your filling will blend in seamlessly.
  • Preserve more natural structure: Since composite resin is a putty-like substance, it can easily fit into small spaces and less (if any) healthy enamel needs to be removed.
  • Doesn’t react to temperatures: When metal fillings are exposed to very hot or cold temperatures, they can change size and damage the tooth. Thankfully, composite resin doesn’t react to temperatures at all.
  • Safe, biocompatible, and mercury-free: Tooth-colored fillings are made of 100% mercury-free, biocompatible material. They’re an ideal solution for those with metal allergies or sensitivities.
  • Long lifespan: With proper at-home oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, you can easily expect your tooth-colored filling to last 10-15 years.

Do you need to have a cavity repaired? Are you interested in replacing your metal fillings with tooth-colored ones? Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and get back to enjoying your beautiful, healthy smile.