How Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Work?

If you have tooth decay, you need a filling. In the past, this meant your restoration would be made from amalgam, a metal that didn’t blend with your smile. We’re proud to say we can offer an alternative with composite fillings. These will actually match your tooth structure. How do tooth-colored fillings work?

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings

Question: What are they made from?

Answer: We make them from a composite resin. This material combines special plastic and glass to create a metal-free filling material. The composite resin can be shaded to blend with the tooth, providing a more lifelike restoration.

Question: What does placement involve?

Answer: We begin by removing any decay from your tooth and cleaning it. We then apply the material to the tooth. As the composite resin cures under a light, we sculpt and mold the tooth as necessary. The procedure ends with a thorough polishing, with allows the restoration to look more natural and better bend with your tooth.

Question: Will they prevent infection?

Answer: Yes. Without treatment, cavities continue to grow until harmful bacteria come into contact with the inner pulp. An infection can then form, which will threaten the stability of your tooth and lead to serious discomfort. However, addressing the decay early can protect your smile from becoming infected.

Question: How do I know if I need a restoration?

Answer: The early indicator of a cavity includes tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, as well as a persistent toothache. If you notice any pain in your tooth that doesn’t subside after 48 hours, then schedule an appointment right away. We diagnose the issue and if necessary, recommend a dental restoration. If you have any further questions, then please contact our team today!


Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.


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