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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The people working at the front were nice and easy going, welcoming. Angie was very nice and gentle. She cleaned my teeth very good. I was in and out with a brighter smile.
Billy Kue
Billy Kue
06:03 06 Jan 22
I have been going to Dr. Brooks for about 20 years. While going to the dentist isn't something I look forward to, I've been very pleased with Dr. Brooks and Highland Dental ave the care they've provided for me and I'd recommend them wholeheartedly.
Chris Montbriand
Chris Montbriand
00:33 05 Jan 22
Ashley was not only excellent, she kind , caring 👼👼.
Jimmy Welton
Jimmy Welton
23:38 19 Dec 21
Over the past 3+ years have had two hygienists and the dentist. All are great, reasonable with recommendations, and just plain nice.
Simon Nussbaum
Simon Nussbaum
15:14 16 Dec 21
Been There More than 10 times, The only thing unpleasant is the Fluoride lolGreat place, Great people
Jackson Smallman
Jackson Smallman
23:06 15 Dec 21
Excellent professional staff.
John Osborn Jr
John Osborn Jr
21:14 11 Dec 21
Excellent dentist and staff. Easy scheduling and followup. Have been with Dr Brooks for almost 20 years now. Highly recommend him.
Leslie Wagner
Leslie Wagner
18:57 06 Dec 21
I’ve gone here a couple of times for cleanings and have always found everyone to be happy and eager to help. I love the small office experience. Thank you!
Susanne Ek
Susanne Ek
23:56 29 Nov 21
Courteous, professional staff. I am a new customer and am pleased I found a dentist close to me that I can look forward to staying with.
Jess Peterson
Jess Peterson
02:21 18 Nov 21
Really professional and nice staff. Angie is the best dental hygienist ever the dentist was very friendly. Their processes get you in and out fast. Definitely go again
Cat G
Cat G
20:19 13 Nov 21
Professional and pleasant stuff. Careful and quick cleaning and x-rays.
Gabriel Ross
Gabriel Ross
21:16 01 Nov 21
Excellent cleaning performed by a hygienist who was professional and friendly.
Cecilia Oberg
Cecilia Oberg
23:06 27 Oct 21
Welcoming patients until 7 pm on weekdays & open Saturdays!

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