Tooth Colored Fillings

Dentistry Optimized

Norman F. Coates, DMD

General Dentistry located in Inver Grove Heights, MN

About 92% of American adults have cavities and tooth decay. These common dental concerns can lead to significant tooth damage if left untreated, but dental fillings are a safe and effective way to stop decay. At Dentistry Optimized in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Norman Coates, DMD, is proud to offer highly-advanced dental technology for oral health, including tooth-colored fillings. These natural-looking fillings prevent decay and cavities from weakening your teeth and causing complications. Book an appointment with Dr. Coates online or by phone to learn more.

Tooth Colored Fillings Q & A

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Dental fillings are a restorative dental treatment to fill cavities and stop tooth decay. Composite fillings are tooth-colored material made from a combination of resin, glass, and acrylic micro-beads. They’re surpassing traditional metal or amalgam fillings because they match the color of your natural teeth. 

Fillings replace enamel that’s deteriorated due to decay on your teeth. The decay causes cavities, which are small holes in your teeth, and cavities grow bigger if left untreated. Large cavities can make teeth chip, crack, and fall apart. Getting a filling stops decay from destroying your tooth.

Most of the time, cavities are detected during your routine dental cleaning. Cavities can often be repaired and filled in just one office visit.

What are the signs of a cavity?

Most people have at least one dental cavity — a small hole in the surface of your tooth due to improper oral hygiene practices. 

Signs you might have a cavity include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Toothache
  • Brown, black, or white spots on teeth
  • Pain when biting
  • Visible holes in teeth

Whether or not you notice symptoms, it’s important to get regular dental cleanings. Dr. Coates and the team are highly trained in identifying tooth decay and treating cavities with fillings to preserve teeth.

What is the process for getting a filling?

Tooth-colored fillings are an option for teeth at the front and back of your mouth. Dr. Coates matches the shade of the filling to your natural teeth so results blend perfectly with the rest of your smile.

If you need a filling, Dr. Coates begins by removing decay and thoroughly cleaning your tooth. He fills the cavity and uses light to harden the composite material. Finally, he shapes the filling to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your bite.

Composite fillings are durable and don’t require any special care. Continue getting regular dental cleanings and brushing and flossing your teeth two times a day.

Come to Dr. Coates at Dentistry Optimized for natural-looking fillings that strengthen your teeth and prevent additional decay. Book an appointment today by phone or online.