Fix tooth decay the natural-looking way.
Less Drilling. More Smiling.
When a tooth becomes infected with decay, you’ll need a filling to remove the cavity and restore the tooth. Traditionally, fillings use unsightly metal material. But lucky for you, there’s a modern alternative:
A non-metal filling uses tooth-colored, composite material to look completely natural.
Metal vs. Composite Fillings
Composite material won’t cause allergic reactions, unlike amalgam fillings that contain mercury.
Metal fillings crack, fracture, expand, or contract as a response to temperature changes. Composite won’t!
White fillings are customized to look like your real tooth. This is especially important when fixing teeth that show when you smile or talk.
Metal-free fillings don’t remove unnecessary amounts of healthy tooth structure.
Composite fillings bond with the tooth and strengthen its structure, preventing fractures.
Traditional silver fillings are more prone to toothaches and tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, and they require more drilling.
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Questions About Dental Fillings
Answered by our family dentist in Beaverton, OR.
- Can I replace a metal filling with a white one?
The answer will depend on your existing filling’s size and how much healthy tooth structure remains.
In many cases, if the filling is small and you’ve adequate remaining tooth structure that’s free from decay, disease, cracks, and fractures – then yes, you can replace your metal fillings with a composite one.
To confirm, schedule a consultation with Dr. da Costa.
- How much does a filling cost?
Silver fillings are generally cheaper than tooth-colored fillings. The averages range between $50-150 for an amalgam filling and $90-250 for a composite filling.
But don’t let price sway you the wrong way. Facts to keep in mind are:
- Metal fillings are more susceptible to decay underneath and cracking or fracturing the tooth
- Tooth-colored fillings bond to your tooth better Dental insurance usually covers or pays a portion of fillings
- A filling costs less than a crown, inlay, or onlay, which you’ll need if you let your tooth decay worsen
- Composite material is safe, non-toxic, and mercury-free
At Harmony Dental, we offer various payment options, including dental insurance, cash, credit cards, and CareCredit. We don’t want money to prevent you from having a healthy smile.
- How long do they last?
On average, composite fillings last 10-15 years before needing replacement.
- Do dental fillings hurt? Getting a tooth filling doesn’t hurt. The area surrounding your tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable and pain-free.
If you cannot get numb off anesthetic or suffer from dental anxiety or fear, you may benefit from sedation dentistry, which we offer.
- Can any dentist do metal-free fillings?
Yes… and no. Here’s what we mean by that:
Many dentists are switching from metal (amalgam) fillings to metal-free alternatives.
However, the success of a composite filling – such as how well it bonds to the tooth and how long it lasts – depends on the dentist.
A trusted dentist, like Dr. da Costa, will take their time carefully layering the composite material, molding it to your tooth’s natural shape, and polishing it to perfection.
- Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, we’re always welcoming new patients!
In addition to metal-free fillings, we offer:
Our dental office is in Beaverton, OR, and serves surrounding communities, including Aloha, Cedar Hills, Raleigh Hills, Garden Home-Whitford, West Slope, Tigard, Portland, Lake Oswego, Sherwood, and Tualatin.