Tooth-Colored Fillings – Montgomery, MN
Seamless Restorations for Beautiful Smiles
For decades, dentists have used metal (amalgam) or silver fillings to restore teeth with decay. This method still works today, but the problem is that silver is the exact opposite color of your natural dental structure. That’s why Dr. Geoffrey A. Iverson offers tooth-colored fillings in Montgomery, MN! Using the technology and materials that modern dentistry has to offer, he can restore tooth decay with fillings that seamlessly blend into the rest of your smile.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?A tooth-colored filling is a composite resin material, which is essentially a special mix of plastics. This material is made to match the exact shade of your natural smile and it can even mimic the way that your teeth reflect light. This composite resin is bonded to your tooth to fill, strengthen, and protect decayed dental structure. The end result is a strong filling that you won’t even notice as time passes.
What is the Tooth-Colored Fillings Process Like?Typically, this process happens in two appointments, with the first being the one where Dr. Iverson detects tooth decay and recommends tooth-colored fillings as a solution. After your appointment is scheduled, you’ll come in to receive your restoration. First, Dr. Iverson will remove any damaged or decayed tissue from your tooth and isolate the area. Next, he will place composite resin in the decayed area to fill and protect it. Once your filling is in place, he will use a special heating lamp to permanently harden it. Lastly, he will adjust the height of your fillings and polish their surfaces to match your natural smile.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored FillingsDr. Iverson uses tooth-colored fillings over amalgam for these unique advantages:
- Appearance: The main benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they match the color of your smile. That way, you can flash your teeth without the self-consciousness of showing obviously repaired decay.
- Comfort: The amount of sensitivity and discomfort that you experience will decrease compared to metal fillings because composite resin doesn’t expand and contract with temperature like amalgam.
- Oral health: Amalgam fillings contain mercury, which is a metal that has caused negative health effects for years. While metal fillings are still safe, many people still have concerns about their mercury content. Additionally, some people have sensitivity or allergy to metal.
- Process: When metal fillings are placed, there is a small amount of dental structure removed to accommodate them. However, because composite resin can bond to your teeth, we won’t have to remove additional dental structure.
If it sounds like you could benefit from tooth-colored fillings, contact our dental office. Dr. Iverson will carefully examine your smile to determine whether or not they are the right treatment for you.