Tooth Colored Fillings

Charles Croasdill, DMD

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Tacoma, WA

Do you need fillings, but you 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.

Tooth Colored Fillings Q & A

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 material such as gold or amalgam. They’re perfect for your front teeth, where the appearance of traditional fillings is more obvious. Dr. Croasdill does not use silver fillings; only tooth colored.

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.

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 and 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?

The only person who can answer that question for sure is your dentist. However, 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 you want to get it treated with a tooth colored filling, call to schedule an appointment. Dr. Croasdill and his team at Charles Croasdill, DMD look forward to working with you.