How Do You Fix Teeth With Tooth-Colored Fillings?

When a patient develops a cavity, we typically recommend a restoration. Instead of relying on metal fillings, such as amalgam, we can provide a more natural looking and metal-free alternative. How do we fix teeth with tooth-colored filings? Can you take steps to avoid future cases of tooth decay?

The Warning Signs of Decay

How do you know if you have a cavity? If you aren’t visiting the dentist every six months, then the doctor can’t identify them in the earliest stages. Instead, you need to wait for the warning signs to occur, such as tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or a persistent toothache that lasts more than 48 hours. If you have pain or sensitivity in your tooth then schedule a diagnosis right away. Treating a cavity in a timely manner can help prevent the onset of an infection.

Placing a Lifelike Composite Filling

Placement involves removing the decay and thoroughly cleaning the tooth. We then prepare the composite resin, shading it to ensure it blends with your tooth. We apply the material and then sculpt the tooth as it cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more natural looking appearance. In a single visit we can repair decay.

Preventing Further Cavities

You can take steps to reduce the risk of future cases of cavities. First, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Next, make time to floss every night before bed. You should also cut back on sugary foods and drinks. Finally, be sure you visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning, during which we will remove the plaque from the teeth that would otherwise weaken outer enamel and increase the chances of decay forming.

Learn More About Composite Resin Fillings

We can use tooth-colored fillings to return your tooth to full function and health. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.