About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dental cavities are a common problem that develops when bacteria eats away at your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of metals including mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't fuse fully with the enamel and the mercury may be hazardous to your general health. They can also expand and cause the tooth to crack, especially for larger fillings. In addition, when you smile big and see silver fillings, it can often be an unappealing appearance for the simple fact that silver fillings are a sign of dental work performed in previous years. At Weller Dental in Chicago and Hinsdale, IL, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Weller uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Weller can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment for cavities. Tooth-colored fillings not only create a healthier tooth, they also create a more appealing smile for our patients.
Why Replace Silver Fillings?
When an amalgam filling (silver filling) breaks or shows signs of deterioration, Dr. Weller recommends removing the old filling and any unhealthy tooth structure and restoring the tooth with a resin filling, onlay, or crown, depending on the size of the filling and condition of the tooth. Amalgam fillings often wear down, over time, and begin to break away from the tooth. When this happens, the tooth is no longer sealed or protected from decay. Cavities often form in these spaces due to the food and bacteria that can become trapped. Replacing the worn or broken fillings will not only improve the aesthetics of the tooth, but also the strength and health.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Reviews
"Dr. Weller and his entire staff are as professional and as nice as they come. They have made every accommodation to fit me in whenever I have a dental issue and with such a nice attitude. Tina Weller runs this office so efficiently. I have always had such a horrible fear of going to the dentist and Dr. Weller has handled my anxiety so well. I chipped my tooth while on vacation and Tina fit me in with Dr. Weller’s associate, Dr. Burns. What a nice guy and great dentist! Dr. Weller’s office lives up to their great reputation. I always feel like I’m in the best hands."- J.A. / Facebook / Apr 26, 2018
"Going to the dentist is never pleasant, but they make the experience as enjoyable as possible! Pleasant and knowledgeable staff, clean offices, and a thorough explanation of all procedures. They even fit me in at 6 am once when I had to have an emergency filling. Highly recommended!"- K.K. / Google / Jun 17, 2017
"It was a good experience, minus the fact I was there for filling replacements."- S.C. / Demandforce / Jan 30, 2016
"I've never had such a thorough cleaning in my life and Dr Weller is FANTASTIC at what ever needs to be done! I'd trust Dr Weller & his office to do anything & give them my highest possible recommendation- They are professional, prompt, courteous and REALLY know what they are doing!"- B.W. / Google / Oct 11, 2018
"Dr. Weller and his staff are excellent. I have been going to this office for at least 10 years and have always received very good care from friendly people. I've had 2 implants as well as the normal cleaning and replacing old fillings kind of work with no issues. The office is clean and modern and I would not hesitate to refer him to anyone."- C.T. / Yelp / Apr 21, 2009
Am I A Candidate?
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings typically seal the area of decay in the enamel of the tooth once it's been cleaned and removed by Dr. Weller. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to correct other concerns with your teeth, such as chips or wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great result. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Weller about getting them taken out and re-done with composite resin. There are many benefits to doing this both from an oral health and aesthetic viewpoint.
What Can I expect?
Receiving a filling with composite resin at Weller Dental is generally a quick treatment. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed. As soon as the area is numb and you feel ready to begin, the affected enamel can be treated using a special drill that Dr. Weller will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay that is present. Once the enamel is cleared away and the area is disinfected, the cavity will be replaced with the composite resin material and hardened. Dr. Weller will smooth the composite resin so it matches your other teeth. After a tooth-colored filling is in place, patients can smile and open wide and every tooth will match and look similar.
What is the Follow Up?
You will be able to get back to your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice some sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages for several days. You can use nonprescription pain medicine to minimize discomfort or inflammation; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. Your filling should feel natural and in line with your natural bite. During the last portion of the dental procedure, your dentist will check to see if your filling seems uneven or high. A bite test will be performed so that the teeth feel normal. However, once you are at home, if you still feel like your bite feels uneven, please call our office and we will do a simple test to make sure the bite is even and everything feels normal. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine including daily flossing and brushing. When you return for your annual dental examination, Dr. Weller will check your filling to make sure it is healthy.
Can I Use My Insurance?
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered in part by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, a member of our team will talk about the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus give you information on medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $225
- Recovery Time
- 2 Hours
- How Long It Takes
- 30 Minutes - 1 Hour
Ready for a Consultation?
Cavities in the teeth may begin as a small problem, but it is crucial to have them addressed before they develop into a more expensive concern. At Weller Dental in Chicago and Hinsdale, IL, cavities may be addressed with tooth-colored dental fillings for a gorgeous, healthy smile. Dr. Weller makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a natural outcome. We invite you to call our Chicago area dental offices to schedule your appointment today.