Tooth Colored Fillings

For some time now, Chelsea Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has been providing tooth colored fillings to their Boston area patients. In fact, the only filling material Chelsea Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics uses is tooth colored or white fillings. In the past, teeth were filled with a mixture of metals known as amalgam. Amalgam (silver filling) restorations, while an excellent restorative material, have become controversial because of the ingredient, mercury. Despite a lack of scientific evidence, a great decrease has been seen in their use because of societal resistance. As a result, resin or tooth colored fillings have become common place. Tooth colored fillings are made from durable plastics and glass particles known as silicates. Tooth colored fillings, more commonly referred to as composite resins in the dental field, are highly esthetic but do have some minor disadvantages. Let the pediatric dentists at Chelsea Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics see if a tooth colored filling will work for your child's tooth.

What are the advantages of a tooth colored filling?


  • Tooth colored fillings result in a more natural smile.
  • Only decayed tooth tissue is removed which saves more healthy tooth structure.
  • They can be easily repaired whereas silver fillings must be completely replaced when damaged.

What are the disadvantages of a tooth colored filling?


  • Tooth colored fillings are not for every tooth. They work best for smaller cavities.
  • They take a longer time to place and are more technique sensitive.
  • May cost more than silver fillings.
  • They can stain or wear over time and may require replacement with a new tooth colored filling.

How do I care for a tooth colored filling?
You should take care of a tooth colored filling the same way you take care of a silver filling or a natural tooth: brush, floss and visit your pediatric dentist. Fillings will last longer with good oral hygiene and avoiding harmful oral habits such as ice chewing and fingernail biting. The doctors and staff at Chelsea Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics will regularly check your fillings for color changes, unusual wear, or surrounding decay and inform you if there is a need for repair or replacement of the tooth colored filling.

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