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Tooth-Colored Fillings in San Marcos

Dentists have been repairing decayed teeth with fillings since at least the mid-1800s, but the process is much more comfortable and effective now than it was in the past. For one thing, our San Marcos office uses Whisper Jet to comfortably remove decay without drilling. We can also treat cavities sooner thanks to DIAGNOdent.

But outside of these technologies, fillings themselves have changed. Instead of relying on metal fillings, known as amalgams, Dr. Donnelly uses tooth-colored fillings. Made of durable composite resin, tooth-colored fillings resemble the color of teeth so they don’t stand out. Compare this with amalgam fillings, which are an unattractive, dark gray color. Patients who have had amalgam fillings in the past might hesitate to seek help because they don’t want to mar their smile further. But with tooth-colored fillings, you don’t have to worry about how the finished results will look.

Beyond this, tooth-colored fillings are more supportive than amalgam fillings are. Amalgam is an inflexible material that can change shape with changes in temperature. Because of this, it’s possible for teeth to crack, increasing your risk of bacterial reinvasion. Compare this with the composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin is more flexible and actually bonds to teeth. The result is a more natural filling. What’s more, because tooth-colored fillings bond with teeth in a way that amalgam fillings don’t, you can keep more of your natural smile.

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Treating decay with filling is important for preserving oral health and enjoying better wellbeing. If you need to have one or more teeth treated, talk to Dr. Donnelly about how tooth-colored fillings can make a difference. During a consultation at San Marcos Gentle Dental, we can help you understand your needs and answer any questions you might have about fillings.