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What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?

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The tooth-colored filling process restores a tooth that has developed a cavity due to bacteria growth. Instead of relying on the common method of times past, which involved the usage of a mixture of different metals (called amalgam), a tooth-colored filling consists of a compound resin material that is added directly to the tooth to both restore its functionality and original appearance. In addition to achieving the goal of recreating a healthy tooth, there are several other advantages to taking this route.

Tooth-Colored Fillings vs Amalgam Fillings

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Years ago, amalgam fillings were chosen because of their cost-effectiveness and relative strength. This is a new era in dentistry, though. Here are some of the features of tooth-colored fillings in East Longmeadow that make them superior to the amalgam method:

How the Tooth-Colored Filling Process Works

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When you visit our East Longmeadow office to have your tooth restored by either Dr. Scannell or Dr. Hollinger, we’ll first numb the treatment area to ensure you have a comfortable experience. Then, we’ll remove the decay and prepare the tooth for the filling to be added.

The next step is to apply the resin material, which will be in a paste form. Then, one of our highly-skilled dentists will sculp the material to mesh with the shape and size of your other teeth. Finally, we’ll harden the material using a special light that provides fast, effective and safe results. Just like that, your smile will be completely restored.

Schedule a Visit

If you’re looking for an alternative for filling a cavity that leaves you with an aesthetically-pleasing smile and a restoration that can last up to 15 years with proper care, then reach out to our East Longmeadow office to request an appointment today!

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