Tooth Colored Fillings Grand Rapids

Do you need a tooth filling? You may want to consider a tooth-colored composite filling instead of a traditional silver one. Composite tooth fillings restore not just the function, but also the appearance of your tooth.

What Is a Composite Tooth Filling?

Composite fillings provide durability and resistance to fractures in small- and medium-sized restorations. They typically consist of a mixture of glass and quartz filler and they can withstand moderate chewing pressure, making them a great option for the average patient.

If you have a tooth that requires a filling, our preventive dentists will remove the decayed material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cavity with the composite filling. Composite fillings prevent further tooth decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter and harm the tooth.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

The primary benefit to using a composite tooth-colored filling is that less tooth structure is removed during preparation. This means you’ll have a smaller filling, preserving the strength of your natural tooth. Additionally, composite fillings can be bonded or adhered in a cavity for a more conservative repair. 

Although a stronger tooth is why dentists like composite fillings, our patients mostly prefer them because they blend into their natural teeth, unlike silver (amalgam) fillings. Composite fillings are custom-made to match the exact color of your teeth, creating a more natural appearance.

Keep in mind that while composite fillings are durable, they won’t last forever. While these white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they may chip or wear over time. Additionally, you’ll have to make sure not to stain your white fillings from too much coffee, tea, or tobacco products.

Learn More

Our Grand Rapids, MI, preventive dentists offer tooth-colored fillings to restore both the function and appearance of your teeth. To learn more, call Lake Michigan Dental today at (616) 453-8211, or contact us online.