Restore Your Teeth’s Natural Appearance
If one or many of your teeth are damaged from decay, tooth-colored fillings are the ideal solution to restoring your tooth’s natural function and shape.
In the past, silver fillings, also known as amalgam, were the go-to option when it came to treating tooth decay But at Holyoke Mall Dental, we use a composite resin to fill your teeth, and can replace any silver fillings you may have. When you need a tooth filled or a silver filling replaced for a better alternative, schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Chen!
Reasons for Fillings
If you suspect you need a filling, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at our Holyoke office right away. Ignoring the need for a filling may result in further complications, as bacteria can quickly invade an unfilled cavity.
You may need tooth-colored fillings if you experience:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Persistent toothaches
- Dark spots on teeth
- Broken or lost fillings
Disadvantages of Silver Fillings
Traditional silver fillings have many drawbacks. Despite popular belief, over time, the edges of these fillings can wear down and break, leaving the tooth vulnerable to bacteria. Your teeth may even become more sensitive as a result.
Additionally, silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. When this substance erodes over time, it may cause the filling to leak and stain your teeth and gums. This will lead to teeth discoloration and general discomfort.
If you have one or multiple silver fillings, it isn’t too late for a change. At Holyoke Mall Dental, we’ll safely replace your silver fillings with a long-lasting composite filling. Don’t wait until your silver fillings weaken or stain your teeth.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings come with many advantages that make them the ideal alternative to silver fillings. Our composite fillings are:
You may need tooth-colored fillings if you experience:
- Long Lasting: Composite fillings won’t wear down and break over time like silver fillings. If you properly care for your oral health, these fillings can last up to 10 years.
- Natural Looking: Tooth-colored fillings are as their names implies. Unlike silver fillings, these fillings are customized to match the color of your natural tooth, blending seamlessly with your smile.
- Mercury-Free: Mercury-based fillings can lead to teeth and gum staining. Composite fillings don’t contain a drop of mercury, eliminating the risk of staining.
- Tooth-Preserving: With tooth-colored fillings, we’ll remove much less of the damaged tooth than with silver fillings. This maintains the tooth’s natural strength and structure.
The Process of Tooth-Colored Fillings
This quick and painless process can take just one visit to our Holyoke office. Before the filling process begins, Dr. Chen will use a local anesthetic to numb the targeted tooth and surrounding area. This will prevent any pain and lessen anxiety during the procedure.
Next, a drill will be used to remove any decay and prepare the tooth for the filling, which will be molded to perfectly fit your tooth’s shape and structure. An ultraviolet light will then harden the composite filling.
This process is done in layers, ensuring the filling is strong and protective. Once all the layers have been molded and hardened, Dr. Chen will finish it off with a polish. Then, you’re ready to showcase your new smile!
After this process, your mouth may feel numb for a few hours. It’s recommended that you not eat until the numbing has worn off to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue.
Replacing Silver Fillings
This process for replacing your silver fillings with composite ones can be completed in as little as two visits to our Holyoke office.
At your first appointment, we’ll remove the silver filling along with any decay. An impression of your tooth will then be made and sent to the lab, where a resin mold is created. Finally, a temporary onlay will be placed on your tooth to protect it from bacteria until your next visit.
Your second appointment will involve placing the composite filling. Once the temporary onlay is removed, a conditioning gel is applied to prepare the tooth for the filling. The filling will be applied and hardened by ultraviolet light in layers, finished off by a polish. You can be rest assured that your new fillings won’t crack or leak like your old ones!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
This durable solution can last between 10 to 12 years before needing replacements. Practicing good oral hygiene maintains your fillings’ longevity. Also, make sure you’re keeping up with your biannual visits to Holyoke Mall Dental to ensure your fillings and oral health are in great shape.
Are tooth-colored fillings painful?
Not at all! A local anesthetic numbs your tooth and gums before the filling process, ensuring you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. Our Holyoke dental team will always stay in communication with you throughout the procedure to ensure your comfort.
How much do tooth-colored fillings cost?
The price of your tooth-colored fillings will depend on a variety of factors, such as how many fillings you need, how extensive the decay is, and if your dental insurance covers a portion of the cost. At your consultation with Dr. Chen, we’ll make sure to break down the full cost of your procedure.
Are tooth-colored fillings safe?
Yes! Tooth-colored fillings are made with a composite resin, which are completely safe to use. This material also includes BPA (Bisphenol A), which the American Dental Association has stated doesn’t pose any health risk when used in such low amounts.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Chen
Our experienced dental team is dedicated to performing treatments with care and passion. When you’re ready to restore your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chen at our Holyoke office by calling (413) 538-7400.
You can also fill out an online contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you in the office!