Tooth-Colored Fillings

There is only one thing to do when a patient gets a cavity. The cavity needs to be treated by a dentist to stop it from spreading and doing more damage to the affected tooth. 

When cavities are left untreated, they tend to grow in size. They also foster the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. If the cavity is left alone long enough, it can completely take over a tooth, eventually affecting the root, which requires a root canal to fix. Getting your cavities treated before they become more significant problems is essential. 

What Is a Tooth-Colored Filling?A little girl getting tooth-colored fillings

Many people dislike metal fillings and feel self-conscious when they smile for fear that they will expose their fillings for people to see.

Silver amalgam fillings are no longer the industry standard. In modern dentistry, we have more discreet options. We have tooth-colored fillings that mimic the natural shade and shape of your tooth, so you don't have to hold back your smile for fear of exposing unflattering silver fillings.

We can color-match the filling to the tooth, so there will be no obvious signs of dental work when you laugh or smile. Dentists use fillings to fill the area left after a dentist cleans out a cavity.

Why Do I Need a Filling if I Have a Cavity?

Because the enamel is gone, and the softer layer of the tooth is exposed after the dentist removes the cavity. The filling is necessary to protect the remaining tooth from additional damage. The filling will act like the enamel and keep the inside of the tooth defended. It will also allow you to resume using the tooth as you normally would. 

Getting your cavities treated as soon able possible is preferable. Ignoring a cavity will likely only result in it getting worse, increasing the size of the filling that must take its place. Getting your cavities treated when they are small will allow the dentist to make as small fillings as possible.

A filling can also seal a tooth with root canal treatment if the tooth is strong enough and doesn't need a crown.

Should I Get My Silver Fillings Replaced?

Unillustration of a tooth colored fillingsYou can get your silver fillings replaced for tooth-colored fillings, but if your current fillings are still working, we do not recommend replacing them until you need to. Fillings last upwards of 10 to 15 years when treated well. When it is time for a new filling in a tooth with a silver filling, there is no reason not to upgrade to a tooth-colored filling. In some cases, a tooth-colored crown may be a better option. We can discuss what will work best for you at your appointment.

East Grand Rapids Tooth-Colored Fillings

Do you have cavities that you need to be treated? Perhaps it's been a while since you have visited the dentist, and you are unsure. Contact Robson Family Dental to get up to date on your and your family's oral health. Schedule a time to have your cavities treated or an examination to help determine your oral health needs. We happily welcome new patients of all ages from Southeast Grand Rapids, Cascade, Kentwood, Ada, and Forest Hills.