Dr. Laurie Bloch - Exceptional Dentistry in Las Vegas, NV


Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist specializing inSmile Makeovers


Tooth-Colored Fillings

For generations, cavities were the most common problem treated by dentists. Today, simple cavities can be treated and further decay can be stopped with natural looking, tooth-colored fillings. These fillings provide a durable, functional, yet cosmetically-appealing result.

What are Tooth-Colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings, or sometimes called composite or white fillings, are made from a composite resin, which is placed in the prepared cavity and then cured/hardened using special lights or lasers. The composite can be colored in different shades so your filling can match your specific tooth color and can conveniently be performed in just one office visit.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

  • Look more natural and aesthetic than earlier metal or amalgam fillings.
  • Today's new composite fillings' adhesive requires less tooth structure to be removed in order to bond and secure the filling in place.
  • New composite materials are very durable, and can even strengthen tooth structure.
Metal fillings also expand and contract with heat and cold temperatures. The constant change in temperature with each food you eat slowly weakens the tooth and makes it susceptible to cracking. Tooth colored fillings do not expand and contract with temperature changes and they remain stable.

Metal fillings have a tendency to darken the surrounding tooth over time. Your smile will look darker and be harder to fix with tooth whitening the longer the metal fillings are in place and you may need porcelain veneers to fix the discoloration. Tooth colored fillings do not alter the color or brightness of your teeth and they help maintain a brighter smile.

Can traditional metal fillings be replaced with tooth colored fillings?

Metal fillings can be replaced with tooth colored fillings. We recommend that all your old metal fillings be replaced with this healthier option. Your smile will be healthier and be more aesthetically pleasing with tooth colored fillings.

Tooth-colored fillings are a great solution for many situations. However, for a tooth or teeth with more significant decay and less existing tooth structure, porcelain inlays or onlays or crowns may be recommended.

To see if tooth-colored fillings are right for you, contact us, today. At Exceptional Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada, we make sure you have accurate information to make the choice that is right for you. Call us at (702) 463-8600. Or schedule your white fillings consultation online.

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