Tooth Colored Dental Fillings For Cavities or Decay

It’s a well-known fact that tooth colored fillings can be more aesthetically pleasing than silver or white “amalgam” fillings. The most common concern with the amalgam fillings is corrosion over time and leakage of Mercury and Nikle that can negatively affect patient’s health such as allergy symptoms. So tooth colored fillings are safer for the body and overall health. Also, they are less likely to chip and crack due to their increased flexibility and durability. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today about your teeth so we can figure out how best to take care of them!

They are a fantastic way to improve the appearance of your smile without having silver or metal show through on your teeth. You may have heard that they don’t last as long as other treatments, but this is not true! The materials used today are more durable than ever before so they can last just as long if not longer than other options.

Metal Fillings vs. Tooth Colored Fillings

Metal fillings are no longer the go-to choice for dental work. Instead tooth colored fillings are the new trend in dentistry and may hold some benefits that metal fillings do not. Besides the aesthetic benefit  with the tooth colored fillings, Metal fillings require more tooth reduction to create a retention for the metal filling vs tooth colored fillings are bonded on and the preparation on the tooth can be very conservative and minimal.


If you’re in need of a dental filling, tooth colored fillings are the perfect alternative. These fillings are made from porcelain and resin composite materials, which will match your natural tooth color. Combining these materials create a substance that mimics the hardness and resilience of real dentin – making them able to withstand everyday chewing pressures!


Composite fillings prevent tooth decay, strengthen weakened teeth, and look natural. Closely matching your natural teeth, composite fillings are made from highly durable materials designed to restore the form and function to your smile. Unlike amalgam – or metal – fillings, composite fillings blend seamlessly into your natural smile and contain no trace amounts of mercury.

How Long Do Tooth Colored Fillings Last?

Tooth-colored fillings generally last from 10 to 12 years but vary on every patient  depending on the patients’ home care, diet, tooth wear and other habits. They are made of porcelain or composite resin, and, like other dental restorations, they can wear down over time. This is why it’s important to have them checked periodically by a dentist so that the dentist can identify any problems early on before they become a more serious issue.


How Much Do Fillings Cost?

A typical tooth colored filling can range from $100 to $600, depending on the surfaces of teeth that are involved and also what your insurance provider covers, but this is just an average. The cost of your tooth-colored fill will depend on the size and location of the cavity, as well as if any additional procedures are needed. It’s always best to consult with Dr. Zavari so she can make sure that you have all the information that you need in order to make an informed decision about what type of dental treatment might be best for you. They’ll also be able to give you a more specific estimate for your particular case!


If you require a dental filling, our team at Elite Dental Care can provide naturally colored tooth restorations.