Metal-Free Fillings
Bakersfield

Metal-Free Fillings start with Composite Dental Fillings

Our dentists at Valley Grace Dental offer composite dental fillings to repair minor tooth decay and damage caused by cracks, chipping, or wear. Composite fillings are designed to match the natural appearance of your teeth, creating a beautiful restoration for your smile. Call us today at 661-587-7002 to learn more about composite and metal-free dental fillings in Bakersfield, California, and to schedule your appointment with our dentists.

What are Composite Dental Fillings?

A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health.

Types of Dental Fillings

There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings.

Amalgam dental fillings, also known as silver metal fillings, are made of metallic alloys of silver, copper, zinc, mercury, etc. Amalgam fillings last for around 15 years, and they’re more affordable than composite fillings. They’re also highly resistant to damage or breakage. However, amalgam fillings aren’t popular because they stand out prominently, often blacken due to a gradual chemical change, and increase the risk of allergic reactions.

Composite dental fillings, also known as metal-free or tooth-colored fillings, are made of composite resin, ceramic, or other tooth-colored materials. They’re specifically designed to match the exact color and shade of your surrounding teeth, making them blend in perfectly. As such, composite resin fillings are inconspicuous and aesthetically pleasing. Composite resin fillings also preserve more of your natural tooth structure than metallic fillings.

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Composite Dental Fillings Procedure Details

The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then clean the tooth to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the tooth with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.

Dental Fillings Replacement

Composite dental fillings usually last five to seven years, following which they must be replaced. You’ll know it’s time to replace the dental fillings when you notice darker spaces around the edges. Dental fillings start wearing away from the edges, gradually pulling away from the enamel to create small pockets of space between the filling and the tooth structure. When this happens, you must immediately contact your dentists for dental filling replacement because weakened or damaged fillings increase your risk of bacterial decay.

If your tooth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about metal-free dental fillings Bakersfield residents trust and to schedule your next appointment with our team. We look forward to caring for your smile!