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Perfecting Smiles with Tooth-Colored Fillings in Wall Township

Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health problems, second only to gum disease. It’s caused by the accumulation of harmful bacteria on the chewing surfaces of teeth or along the gumline. As a preventive measure, dentists treat decay by removing all traces of infection from the tooth and replacing it with a filling material.

In the past, dentists relied on a type of filling known as an amalgam filling. Amalgams were made of a variety of metals, including silver and mercury, and because of this they had a dark gray color that would stand out against a patient’s teeth.

While some dentists still use amalgam fillings, most—including Dr. Dooley—have traded amalgam fillings for tooth-colored fillings. Why? Because tooth-colored fillings have several advantages over traditional amalgam fillings, the first of which is stated in the name itself. Amalgams have an unattractive color that makes patients feel self-conscious about smiling, but tooth-colored fillings are shaded to blend in with your smile. Once in place, no one will know that you’ve had any cavities treated.

Tooth-colored fillings come with other great benefits as well. In addition to blending in with your smile’s natural color, your fillings also support your tooth’s remaining structure. This ensures that your tooth’s strength and functionality is improved, even beyond what’s possible with amalgam fillings. Tooth-colored fillings don’t respond to temperature changes the way amalgams do. Temperature fluctuation can cause amalgams and teeth to change shape or develop cracks, but your tooth-colored fillings won’t do this.

Would you like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings? Contact our dental office serving Brielle and other towns with questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dooley. We offer tooth-colored fillings to patients from Belmar and nearby New Jersey towns. If this will be your first time at our practice, we ask that you please take a moment to review the information displayed on our new patient page.