Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

Tooth-colored dental fillings, also known as composite fillings, are a type of restoration that blends in with both the treated tooth and surrounding teeth. These types of fillings are often used on the front teeth that are prominently displayed; however, they also make a good choice for rear teeth.

Composite Resin

The composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings also has applications in:

  • Inlays

  • Dental veneers

  • Dental crowns

  • Dental bonding

Good Candidates

A tooth-colored filling may be right for you if you require a small-to-medium dental filling, and maintaining your tooth’s natural appearance is important to you. Other good candidates are those with a metal allergy since composite does not contain metal.

A tooth-colored composite filling may be right for you if you want to preserve more of your natural tooth structure or repair chipped, worn or broken teeth.

Composite vs. Amalgam

Composite is composed of a plastic resin and powdered glass that are mixed within the existing tooth structure. They bond to the treated tooth to preserve its natural structure.

One thing to consider when weighing composite versus amalgam is that composite is more expensive. Amalgam fillings are a mixture of metals, strong and durable, and more affordable. However, their metallic appearance sets them apart and makes them stand out in the mouth.

What To Expect

If you are receiving a tooth-colored filling, your dentist will first numb your mouth so that you are comfortable during the procedure. After your tooth is completely numb, they will remove all tooth decay and prepare the resulting space. Next, your dentist will place the composite in a series of layers, hardening each layer successively. After all layers have hardened, they will carefully shape and polish your tooth-colored filling so that it matches the appearance of your tooth.


After your dentist has placed your composite filling, you can carry on with your everyday activities. There are no specific instructions to follow. It is not unusual to experience some temporary sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days after receiving your filling. If it should last more than a week, contact our office for instructions.


Most composite fillings last about five years, although they can last longer under ideal conditions. To ensure that your new tooth-colored filling lasts as long as possible, practice proper oral hygiene at home, and keep up with your dental checkups and professional cleaning appointments. Avoid biting down on hard objects like ice or chewing your nails.

For More Information

If you would like to receive additional information about tooth-colored dental fillings, feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.