Tooth-Colored Fillings – Itasca, IL

Prevent Tooth Decay from Worsening

Woman smiling in the dental chair

Repairing tooth decay used to mean shiny metal fillings that everyone could see. While this is a highly effective way of putting a stop to cavities and rebuilding the tooth, there are also several downsides. After all, the majority of people would prefer not to show off a smile with dark-colored metal. Fortunately, at Hamilton Lakes Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored fillings to prevent tooth decay from worsening. Give us a call to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Hamilton Lakes Dentistry for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

  • Natural-Looking Appearance
  • We Accept Dental Insurance
  • Flexible Financing Available

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Closeup of a tooth-colored filling

Instead of using metal to fill cavities, we use tooth-colored composite resin, which is a safer, more effective, and natural-looking restorative option for repairing teeth that have been damaged by decay. This substance is biocompatible, so it bonds directly to the tooth, allowing patients to achieve long-lasting results while preserving more of the natural tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings are customized to be the exact color of your teeth, so they will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

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Most of the time, tooth-colored fillings can be placed in a single appointment. First, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic, if needed. Then, they will remove the decayed portion of your tooth. After selecting the perfect shade of composite resin to match your teeth, it will be molded until it is the proper size and shape. Lastly, final adjustments are made, and your tooth will be polished to perfection.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Woman at the dentist

There are many benefits of tooth-colored fillings. Here are some of the main advantages of this restoration:

  • Preserves Tooth: When you get meal fillings, more of the tooth enamel needs to be removed. Because composite resin is biocompatible, less of your natural tooth needs to be sacrificed to have the filling placed.
  • Long-Lasting: When you properly care for your oral health, tooth-colored fillings can last over a decade before needing to be replaced.
  • Mercury-Free: Metal amalgam fillings contain a small amount of mercury, which is toxic to humans. While the amount of mercury in metal fillings is low and not considered to be dangerous, many people still prefer an option that is free of this substance.
  • Cosmetically Appealing: Unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings match the color of your smile, so they appear to be more natural. No one will even be able to tell that you have had a filling placed.