Tooth-Colored Fillings

Cosmetic Fillings Treat Cavities Discreetly

If you’ve ever had a cavity, then you may already be familiar with tooth fillings. In fact, cavities are the most common chronic issue to affect both children and adults, and fillings are often the most conservative way to treat them. At our office, we only use fillings made from biocompatible material that doesn’t harm your healthy, natural tooth structure. Known as composite resin, the material can also be tinted and customized to match the unique color and shade of the healthy tooth structure around it, creating a tooth-colored filling that blends in with the rest of your smile.

What Is a Tooth-Colored Filling?

A cavity is a depression in your tooth structure that’s caused by a tooth infection (also known as tooth decay). This infection is the result of oral bacteria eroding your tooth enamel and infecting the structure, and it grows larger as time goes by. The point of a filling procedure is to remove the bacteria and infection from your tooth, then fill the cavity to restore the tooth’s strength and integrity. A tooth-colored filling does this with exemplary results; the resin not only blends in with your tooth, but also bonds to it securely to reinforce the tooth and protect it against harmful bacteria in the future.

How Your Smile Benefits

The ability to fill your cavity without it being noticeable is an important advantage to tooth-colored fillings. Being confident in your smile means you’ll show it more, and a metal filling’s appearance can sometimes impact that confidence. However, your smile benefits in many other important ways besides appearance. Because the resin is highly biocompatible, tooth-colored fillings also:

  • Preserve the rest of your tooth structure better
  • Prevent re-infection in the tooth more successfully
  • Reduce your risks of filling failure and the need for retreatment
  • Reduce your risks of needing root canal treatment in the future
  • Avoid tooth extraction (which may be necessary in severe cases)
  • And more

Treat your cavity with a more lifelike filling

If your tooth has a cavity, then a tooth-colored filling could be the best way to treat it. To find out if you can benefit from a more biocompatible filling, schedule a free consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659. We also serve patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.