Tooth-Colored Fillings – Eugene, OR

The Natural Way to Fill a Cavity

A young woman sitting back in a dentist’s chair and smiling in preparation for tooth-colored fillings in Eugene

Dr. Ben Sutter understands that having a healthy smile doesn’t always mean its aesthetically pleasing. With many dental offices continuing to use traditional amalgam to fill cavities or protect weakened teeth with silver or gold dental crowns, these restorative methods can shine an unnecessary and unwelcome spotlight on your smile. Fortunately, he and his team offer an alternative solution – tooth-colored fillings in Eugene! Using composite resin that is matched to your natural tooth color, this unique, restorative treatment will not only repair your smile but help you maintain a beautiful, cohesive appearance. To find out more about this service, contact our office today.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Digital image of three teeth sitting on the bottom arch with tooth-colored fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are a great alternative to traditional amalgam. Using a malleable composite resin that easily fills in the damaged area of your tooth, its color is matched to the natural shade of your teeth, ensuring it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

These restorative treatments are used when decay or damage occurs within a tooth but is not severe enough to warrant a dental crown.

How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?

Digital image of a curing light hardening the composite resin to the tooth to create a tight seal

The placement process for a tooth-colored filling is quite simple and requires only one visit to our office. Before placing the composite resin, Dr. Sutter must first clean out the decayed areas of your tooth, but he will first administer a numbing agent to the area to ensure you are comfortable throughout the process. Once the entire tooth is cleaned and all debris is removed, he will fill the cavity with the composite resin.

Creating a solid seal using a curing light, the resin will harden to the tooth and prevent future reinfection or damage from negatively impacting the weakened tooth. Giving your tooth a final polish, he will send you on your way to enjoy a freshly repaired and newly improved smile.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings Compared to Traditional Amalgam

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While some individuals still prefer the durability of traditional amalgam fillings, there are many benefits to opting for a tooth-colored filling, including:

  • You are able to keep more of your natural tooth structure because composite resin doesn’t require as much of your tooth to be cleared away during the placement process.
  • Composite resin is known to create a tight seal, effectively decreasing the risk of harmful bacteria re-entering the tooth.
  • You will have a more aesthetically pleasing look and a boost in confidence because there will be no metal living in your mouth
  • The process for placing a tooth-colored filling is quick and easy, requiring only one visit to our office

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