Tooth-Colored Fillings Q & A

Do you need fillings but don’t want people to know you have them? Book an appointment to get tooth-colored fillings at Charles Croasdill, DMD, in Tacoma, Washington. While cavities are quite common, they can be embarrassing. With tooth-colored fillings, your cavities can be a secret between you and your dentist. Call today to learn more.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are just what you might think — fillings that match the color of your teeth. They serve as an alternative to fillings made of a material such as gold or amalgam. They’re perfect for your front teeth, where the appearance of traditional fillings is more obvious. When it comes to fillings and crowns, this is a metal-free office, so we can offer you tooth restorations that will not negatively impact your health.

What’s in a tooth-colored filling?

Dr. Croasdill uses tooth-colored fillings made from composite ceramic and plastic resins. Basically, tooth-colored fillings are a bunch of glass and plastic particles. Unlike amalgam fillings, they contain no mercury. This means that your tooth-colored fillings are safer and healthier for you!

Are tooth-colored fillings durable?

Yes! Typically, tooth-colored fillings last at least five years, often longer. Dr. Croasdill bonds them directly to your tooth enamel, so they are especially strong and resistant to wear. To get the most out of your tooth-colored fillings, treat them well by brushing and flossing and avoiding substances that can stain your teeth.

How do tooth-colored fillings work?

To get you your tooth-colored fillings, Dr. Croasdill starts by picking the right shade for your teeth. Then he cleans out your cavity to remove any and all of the tooth decay. Once your cavity is pristine, he starts to place the filling. During this process, he hardens each layer using a curing light. Once your cavity is filled, Dr. Croasdill shapes it to your tooth and polishes it.

Are tooth-colored fillings right for me?

This is a question that you and your dentist can answer together. In general, tooth-colored fillings may be right for you if:

  • You prefer a natural look.
  • You’re getting work done on your front teeth.
  • You need small- to mid-sized fillings.
  • You use regular (moderate) pressure when chewing.

If you’re suffering from a cavity and want to get it treated with a tooth-colored filling, call to schedule an appointment. Dr. Croasdill and our team at Charles Croasdill, DMD look forward to working with you!

Do you still have any more questions? Call today, and ask our staff!