Silver amalgam fillings used to be the standard for filling cavities and repairing damaged teeth. Amalgam fillings are the number one reason for tooth fracture, and they weaken teeth further through constant expansion and contraction with temperature changes. Also, many patients are concerned about the mercury in amalgam fillings. Plano, TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ron Bosher, uses tooth-colored fillings that are made from a safe, resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth for a natural appearance. If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, or old silver fillings that need to be replaced, Dr. Bosher can restore your tooth with beautiful tooth-colored restorations.
What to Expect
In order to create a tooth-colored filling, photos and measurements of the patient’s tooth must be taken first. Then, a shade of resin (and in some cases, porcelain) that best matches the patient’s tooth will be chosen. Using the latest technology and software, we will create a filling that perfectly fits the cavity. After the filling has been created, we will bond the filling to the tooth. Resin-based fillings can last for many years as long as the patient practices good oral hygiene with brushing, flossing and semi-annual professional cleanings.
The cost of a tooth-colored filling varies, depending on the number of teeth being filled, and the material being used. Dr. Bosher uses resin fillings in most cases. In some cases, porcelain restorations can be fabricated digitally using the CAD/CAM technology. These are more expensive and the price generally ranges between $700-$1,100 per tooth.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $225 - $500
- Recovery Time
- 1 Day
- How Long It Takes
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQs
Replace Metal Fillings?
Many patients choose to replace their metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings because they are stronger and more durable, and are more aesthetically pleasing. Unlike the newer fillings manufactured today, metal fillings are not bonded to the tooth, so they can be removed and replaced. Patients should consult with their dentist to determine whether replacing their metal fillings is the best option for them.
Some patients may experience some tooth sensitivity after a tooth-colored filling procedure. The extent of their sensitivity will depend on the severity of the decaying tooth. Patients may be sensitive to temperature and pressure for a short time after the procedure, but it should disappear shortly after. If it does not, we will assess the tooth further to determine if additional treatment is required.
Will They Last?
If the patient practices good oral hygiene with brushing, flossing and professional teeth cleanings, tooth-colored fillings can last for 15 years or longer.