In the past, patients had cavities restored using amalgam fillings. While they are an extremely durable and cost-effective option in many cases, they also have a few drawbacks. In addition to being esthetically displeasing, they sometimes require healthy enamel to be removed while being placed, and the metal itself can make a tooth more sensitive. That’s why our team at Cochell Family Dentistry offers tooth-colored fillings in Salem, OR! If you’d like to learn more about this restorative dental treatment, get in touch with our team to schedule a consultation or read on.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin, which, as you might have guessed, comes in several natural shades that enable us to match it to a patient’s specific tooth color. Since it’s bonded directly to enamel, Dr. Cochell can remove less healthy tissue for it to stay in place, helping to ensure the longevity of the tooth.
Good news: the entire process of placing a tooth-colored filling can be completed in just one visit with Dr. Cochell! After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, we will remove the decayed tissue plaguing your tooth. Next, we will select the perfect shade of composite resin and secure it to the tooth, ensuring it’s the perfect shape and size in the process. The last step will be to polish the tooth so it looks as great as it functions.
There are numerous reasons tooth-colored fillings are a popular restorative dentistry solution. Here are a few noteworthy ones:
If you’re struggling with a cavity, then get in touch with our team to see if a tooth-colored filling is the solution. From there, we can schedule an appointment, determine if you’re a candidate, and get to work on restoring your pain-free smile!