Metal-Free Fillings

When you think of dental fillings, do you think of dull, discolored gray pieces of metal? It doesn’t have to be that way; at Los Gatos Family Dentistry, we use tooth-colored composite resin as the material of choice for our metal-free tooth fillings.

Metal fillings tend to discolor the tooth over time, eventually giving them a dull, gray appearance. Our tooth-colored metal-free fillings, on the other hand, are available in a wide selection of shades, allowing Dr. Phan to place a natural-looking filling that revitalizes your smile without discoloring your teeth. 

Better yet, the benefits of using metal-free tooth fillings at our Los Gatos dental office go beyond their cosmetic advantages. Because our dentist bonds them to your teeth, our tooth-colored fillings can also help strengthen weakened tooth structure and require less tooth structure to be removed compared to metal fillings.

At Los Gatos Family Dentistry, applying conservative techniques to preserve your teeth is what we do every day. Ask us about how our mercury-free fillings can safely and beautifully strengthen and repair your teeth!

Why We Need to Treat Cavities

According to a report released by the U.S. Surgeon General, approximately 78 percent of Americans get a dental cavity by the age of 17. Left untreated, even the smallest of cavities has the potential to worsen, gradually deteriorating the enamel of the tooth until bacteria reach the nerves in the roots.

Fortunately, there is a way to treat tooth decay effectively before this occurs. With metal-free fillings, Dr. Phan and the team at Los Gatos Family Dentistry can repair teeth damaged by decay in a way that blends seamlessly with the rest of your dentition.

The Drawbacks of Metal Fillings

Before the advent of aesthetically pleasing restorations, dental fillings were traditionally made with an amalgam of various metals. These metals included silver, copper, tin, and mercury. While these amalgam fillings—often referred to simply as silver fillings—were effective, they did present a few problems that warranted the invention of something better.

Their metallic composition, for example, meant that changes in temperature could negatively affect their size and shape. Silver fillings could also expand when exposed to extreme cold and contract when faced with heat, ultimately causing small fissures within the teeth.

Teeth treated with metal fillings were dark and unsightly, and patients who needed to have one located near the front of their mouths often avoided smiling.

Why We Choose Aesthetic Tooth-Colored Fillings

Fortunately, tooth-colored fillings have become the preferred method used in the treatment of cavities. Also called metal-free fillings and composite resin fillings, these lifelike restorations eliminate the need for metallic alloys when treating a decayed tooth.

When she places metal-free fillings for patients in Los Gatos, Dr. Phan can specifically color-match the material to the shade of your teeth, ensuring that they are detectable only by your dentist.

The material used to create this type of dental filling does not react to changes in temperature, so there is no concern over possible damage to tooth enamel. Patients no longer have to worry about potentially hazardous exposure to these metals, and composite resin fillings have been proven exceptionally safe and effective.

Schedule Your Dental Appointment Today

Whether you currently need a new filling to repair a decayed tooth, or you’d simply like to learn more about our aesthetic and restorative options, we invite you to contact our Los Gatos dental practice today.

We are dedicated to your comfort, safety, and lifelong oral health, and we’ll always work with you to develop customized treatment plans that fit your lifestyle. Dr. Phan looks forward to providing you with exceptional restorative dentistry solutions, including metal-free fillings.

Whether you currently need a new filling to repair a decayed tooth, or you’d simply like to learn more about our aesthetic and restorative options, we invite you to contact our Los Gatos dental practice today.

We are dedicated to your comfort, safety, and lifelong oral health, and we’ll always work with you to develop customized treatment plans that fit your lifestyle. Dr. Phan looks forward to providing you with exceptional restorative dentistry solutions, including metal-free fillings.

Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Los Gatos proudly serves residents in Saratoga, San Jose, Cupertino, Campbell, Sunnyvale, Monte Sereno, Los Altos, and beyond.