Restorative Dentistry Treatments in St. Paul, MN

Tooth-colored Fillings at Highland Dental

Tooth decay! No matter how hard we try to prevent it, sometimes it happens anyway. Thankfully, at Highland Dental, we have effective ways to detect and treat tooth decay without breaking the bank or ruining your beautiful smile.

If Dr. Brooks finds that you have mild to moderate decay in one or more of your teeth during an examination, he will likely recommend a tooth-colored filling to prevent it from spreading further and seriously damaging your teeth.

Tooth-colored Fillings vs. Silver Fillings - What’s the difference?

  • Silver (amalgam) Fillings – In the past, the material traditionally used to fill decayed teeth was made of a mix of metals — including silver and mercury — called amalgam. Because the resulting material is silver colored, most people call their amalgam fillings “silver fillings”. For years, amalgam was the most popular material for filling teeth. While amalgam still works well, some patients are concerned about its safety, because it does contain mercury. Many patients are also displeased with the way amalgam fillings look, since it is fairly easy to see the material when you open your mouth.
  • Tooth-colored (composite) Fillings – In the 1960’s a composite resin was invented to replace amalgam. Composite resin is a mixture of biocompatible materials that contains no metal and takes on a color that is close to the natural color of tooth enamel. It is durable, and works well for filling small to medium-sized cavities. Since the invention of composite resin, composite fillings have become increasingly popular. In fact, most patients today prefer them to amalgam fillings because they are barely noticeable.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

  • No metal in your mouth. While the amount of mercury in amalgam fillings is very small, many dentists prefer composite to amalgam because it bonds better to the tooth structure.
  • No unsightly dark spots. We call them tooth-colored fillings for a reason. The composite resin can be shaded to closely match the color of the surrounding tooth. The result is a filling that is virtually invisible.

Conclusion: Tooth-colored fillings are a natural-looking, safe restorative treatment that works for nearly every patient with mild to moderate tooth decay.

If you are due for a dental exam and suspect you may have a cavity, call Highland Dental right away to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Brooks, St. Paul’s most trusted dentist for tooth restoration treatment.

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Jacob Fitzpatrick
Jacob Fitzpatrick
23:32 31 Aug 22
Nice small clean office on an easily accessible street. Very friendly and courteous staff who made me feel welcome and like I've been going there for years.
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Nick Jansen
18:49 30 Aug 22
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melvin robinson
23:09 15 Aug 22
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Matt Hozza
23:43 19 Jul 22
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Chris Ames
23:47 18 Jul 22
I felt welcomed!! The dental hygienist was fabulous! Even before I sat down Angie worked towards ensuring I felt comfortable. The dentist was also great. The administrative assistant called my insurance to find out if I was eligible for certain treatments. I’m definitely returning to this dentist!!! Everyone in the office deserves a GOLD STAR.
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Marisa Rivera Lugo, Ph.D.
15:30 10 Jun 22
I received excellent care from the receptionist, the hygienist, and the dentist!
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john5876 University of Minnesota
01:23 30 May 22
Friendly staff and great hygienist! I’m definitely returning and would recommend.
Sue
Sue
01:21 11 May 22
I wanted a second opinion and felt very good about the visit. The Dentist was informative and candid with me and gave me a referral for the work I needed. It gave me a lot of peace of mind.
Ona Conroy
Ona Conroy
17:46 02 May 22
Highland Dental has a great reputation! Emily, at the front desk is friendly and can answer anything dental related. Dr. Brooks and his lovely assistant pointed me in the right direction. Ashley is a gentle hygienist. I definitely recommend Highland Dental. Everyone there is awesome!
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Charynanne Hawkins
23:26 06 Apr 22
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Michael Rivers, FSC
21:24 10 Mar 22
I always feel in good hands with Dr. Brooks and his assistants. They do top notch work.Angels. All of them!
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Jim Horwath
21:26 01 Mar 22
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