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Advances in modern dentistry allow dental patients to enjoy tooth colored fillings instead of unsightly metal. The most common tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resin. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable and more attractive than other types of fillings.

Because composite resins are tooth-colored, they look more natural than other filling materials. Because the filling is bonded to the tooth, often times they allow more conservation of tooth structure than other types of fillings. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are compatible with dental sealants. A tooth can be filled and sealed at the same time to prevent further decay.

 

Tooth-colored fillings are not for every tooth. They work best in small-to-medium restorations and low-stress areas. For example, your dentist may not recommend a tooth-colored filling for a large cavity or for the chewing surface of a back tooth. Tooth-colored fillings may stain or discolor over time.

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