Tooth-Colored Fillings– Waldorf, MD

Choose White Fillings to Treat Decay

Stages of tooth decay

If you have a cavity that needs to be treated, or an old filling has failed, you don't have to worry about a metal restoration blemishing your smile. Open Smiles Dental offers tooth-colored fillings to treat decay. Although they don’t contain any metals, they are made of a resin material that can surpass the test of time. You will enjoy natural-looking results using a method that supports a healthy mouth and body.

Why Choose Open Smiles Dental for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

  • Personalized Treatment Plans
  • Natural-Looking Results
  • Patient-Focused Care

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored filling on molar

Traditional amalgam fillings are made of a variety of metals, including mercury. While it makes them incredibly strong, they can cause allergic reactions in some patients. Not to mention, there are concerns about long-term mercury exposure. Metal fillings can also discolor your tooth over time.

Tooth-colored fillings resolve the disadvantages of amalgam. A white filling is completely metal free, which means it doesn't contain any mercury. Not only is it a safer solution, but the resin is customizable to match the color of your enamel to blend it with your tooth.

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

Dental light hardening tooth-colored filling

Your dentist will clean your tooth and remove any decay before putting a weak acid on it to open the pores in your enamel. This is necessary to ensure a secure bond and prevent needing wedges cut into your tooth to support it. You'll maintain more of your tooth structure than with an amalgam filling.

The acid will be rinsed off and your tooth will be dried before your dentist places the resin, which has been shaded to the color of your teeth. After it is sculpted into the ideal shape, a special dental light will harden it quickly, so you'll spend less time in the dentist’s chair. Your filling can last for 5 to 15 years with the right aftercare, like brushing and flossing.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

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If you need to fix decayed teeth, tooth-colored fillings provide unmatched benefits, including:

  • Natural-Looking Results: The resin looks like enamel, so only a trained dental professional will know it is not part of your natural tooth.
  • Biocompatible: Composite resin is biocompatible and metal-free to support your general wellness.
  • Durable: Tooth-colored fillings can last for a decade or longer to enjoy a long-lasting solution.
  • Affordable: Many dental plans cover tooth-colored fillings. You can use your annual benefits to lower the amount you will pay out-of-pocket.

A filling doesn't have to be a reminder of a past cavity every time you look in the mirror. A filling won’t be the focal point of your smile, so you don't have to think twice before showing your pearly whites. Tooth-colored fillings will improve both the health and appearance of your smile. If you'd like to remove an old filling, or you have a cavity needing treatment, request an appointment through our website or call (301) 690-8933.