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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Portland, OR

A Better Solution for a Seamless Smile

No matter how well you take care of your smile, you may eventually experience a cavity or two in your lifetime. It’s incredibly common and happens to the best of us! Many years ago, the only way to treat decay was with a shiny silver amalgam filling. Not only was it unsightly, but it could wreak havoc on your oral health over time. Today, Dr. Teasdale can effectively address your cavities with tooth-colored fillings in Portland! If you’d like to learn more about this modern restorative treatment, continue reading or give our office a call today.

Why Choose Advanced Dental Arts NW for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

  • Lifelike Results for More Subtle Restoration
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation Available

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Animation of tooth with ceramic filling

If you have damaged or decayed teeth, Dr. Teasdale and the entire team at Advanced Dental Arts NW will strongly recommend bonded porcelain tooth-colored fillings to restore your oral health. The composite resin used to replace decayed tissue is a putty-like mixture of ultra-fine plastic and glass particles. Not only will it bond with the natural tooth structure extremely well, but it can be shaded to seamlessly match the rest of your smile.

We advise against the use of mercury-based metal restorations in the mouth for a great many reasons. Amalgam (silver alloy) fillings break down at the edges, which can lead to new decay or weakening of the surrounding tooth structure. Plus they introduce the presence of mercury to the body. The metal of silver fillings also corrodes and expands over time, which causes cracks and fractures in teeth. These kinds of fillings can also cause stains on your teeth and gums.


The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

patient getting dental filling in Portland

Rest assured – the entire procedure can usually be completed in a single appointment! The first thing Dr. Teasdale will do is numb your mouth thoroughly to ensure you’re completely comfortable. Once you’re good to go, he’ll remove the decayed sections of your tooth and fill it with a custom-shaded composite resin.

After your tooth is sculpted to the ideal size and shape, ultraviolet light will be used to harden the material in just a few seconds. Dr. Teasdale will check your bite, make any final adjustments, and polish your smile before sending you off to enjoy your brand-new grin!


The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

young woman smiling after getting tooth-colored filling in Portland

Dental fillings can help maintain a healthy smile through restoration. If tooth structure has been lost to decay, abnormal wear, or earlier restoration, Dr. Teasdale and his team can provide natural-looking bonded porcelain dental fillings. Closely matched to the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, these restorations protect your teeth while providing a long-lasting and beautiful smile.

Materials like bonded porcelain restore beauty and vibrancy to the teeth, have fewer issues with corrosion over time, and glass ionomers release decay-arresting fluoride, encouraging the remineralization of the teeth, which helps strengthen them.

In short, bonded porcelain fillings are far more durable, hygienic, conservative, esthetic, and versatile than metal ones. Completed within a single dental office visit, this bonding procedure can significantly improve the appearance and strength of a tooth.