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Tooth-Colored Fillings–Bellingham, WA

Treat Cavities with a Metal-Free Solution

Model of a tooth-colored filling on molar

If you have a cavity that needs to be treated or an old metal filling you want to replace, your dentist at Moreno & Young Dental can use a solution that will blend in with your tooth. A composite resin can treat tooth decay using a biocompatible material that creates natural-looking results. Only a trained dental professional will know it is there. We will help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile using a tooth-colored filling.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

 Composite filling on a molar

Traditional amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, including mercury. They've been used for generations to treat cavities, but they stick out like a sore thumb. Not to mention, there are concerns about long-term mercury exposure. Tooth-colored fillings resolve the disadvantages of the traditional method.

Composite fillings are completely metal free, so there aren't any concerns about mercury or metal allergies. The resin is biocompatible to promote your general wellness. It's customized to match the color of your tooth to blend in with its structure. Although it doesn't contain any metals, it is durable and provides long-lasting results.

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

Man having a cavity treated

Your dentist may administer a local numbing agent to block any pain while removing decay and preparing your tooth for the filling. After your tooth has been prepped, a weak acid is applied to open the pores in your enamel to create a stronger bonding surface. Wedges won't need to be cut into your tooth to support the filling, so you'll maintain more of its structure.

The acid is rinsed off and your tooth is dried before your dentist places the resin, which has been previously shaded to match the color of your enamel. After it is molded into the ideal shape, your dentist will use a special dental light to harden it in a matter of seconds. Your tooth is smoothed and polished, and you'll walk out of the office with a beautiful smile.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Male patient in dental chair

Tooth-colored fillings are the go-to solution to treat cavities because they offer many benefits, including:

Tooth decay doesn't have to be the focal point of your smile. A tooth-colored filling will turn back the clock to restore a healthy, attractive smile you'll be proud of. Request an appointment online or call (360) 383-5185.