Tooth Colored Fillings

We strive to offer a personal and professional touch at Shallowford Smiles in Chattanooga.  Tooth colored fillings, or white fillings are a simple and straightforward way to repair and cosmetically enhance teeth.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us with any of the means below, or feel free to read about tooth colored fillings below 🙂

Overview

Tooth Colored Fillings or White Fillings

Tooth colored, or white fillings, are a resin filling material that is used on teeth to restore them to proper function and look.

  • Smile With Confidence
  • White fillings will blend in with your teeth.
  • Less tooth structure removed compared to silver fillings
  • Lower chance of fracture than silver fillings
  • Done in 1 treatment visit
  • Highly versatile and repairable

The Process

Fillings can usually be accomplished using only local anesthetic.  Conscious Sedation, or Nitrous Oxide are also available.  We will numb the area of the filling and any additional areas that we may be working on.  If you have fillings on both sides of the mouth, most people break that into separate appointments.  This is mostly because it is difficult for people to eat and drink with both sides of their mouth numb at the same time.  That said, we are more than happy and capable to work on both sides at the same time if you would like to, it is just a bit of an odd sensation for some people.

We will check to make sure that you are numb.  Once you are numb, we will place a clear mouth guard in your mouth to keep debris out of your throat.  This also prevents saliva from contaminating the filling before we harden, or cure it, with our dental curing light.

We will prepare the tooth be removing any decay that might be present, and then shaping the tooth and preparing the tooth with etch and bonding so it will accept the tooth colored filling.

We will place and shape the filling, cure it, and then shape and polish it.

We will remove the mouth guard and check and adjust your bite and polish once more.

We will then clean you up and set up a post-op appointment if necessary, though most fillings do not require this.  Fillings that are close to the nerve, or where there are bite complications might require post-ops.

Occasionally Dr. Wilkinson will want to see you back in 1-2 weeks.  This could be due to the filling being close to the nerve, so we will want to take an x-ray to make sure the tooth is recovering well.  It could also be due to the bite being difficult to set at the filling appointment due to being numb, so a bit more polishing might be necessary.  This sounds worse that it is.  People are rarely numbed for any of this.  This is usually a 15 minute appointment.

The final stage of the process will be to go back to just regular cleanings.  If any issues with the filling, or other teeth, occur before then, please feel free to reach out to us 🙂

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Clinton Gipson
Clinton Gipson
May 6, 2023
Shallowford Smiles, and it's entire staff have taken tremendous care of me, my friends, and family for many, many years now. Great people, providing first rate services... I never hesitate to recommend these guys to anyone in need of the best kind of dental care.
Anita Houston
Anita Houston
May 4, 2023
They did a wonderful job and really mean that from the bottom of my heart friendly service with a smile 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
Sheena Grove
Sheena Grove
May 4, 2023
So friendly and helpful.
Gloria Hickman
Gloria Hickman
May 3, 2023
LOVE DR. Wilkinson AND HIS ASSISTANT. VERY PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONABLE.
FRED Stewart
FRED Stewart
May 2, 2023
Always Courtious and efficient!
Jerry Toler
Jerry Toler
April 27, 2023
They are the best of what they do
Jenny Mcmahon
Jenny Mcmahon
April 20, 2023
Always thoughtful taking his time! Thank you!
Letricia Mayweather
Letricia Mayweather
April 19, 2023
The staff were really friendly and caring. The dentist was very professional and nice and comforting in my anxiety. Will recommend to other people!! Only problem is there payment options. There is none other than care credit
Steve Dohrn
Steve Dohrn
March 30, 2023
Friendly people. great service and reliable dental care.

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Pricing

2 Implant Retained Denture
$5,999

This includes the cost of 2 implants, the abutments, the attachments, and the implant retained denture.

4 Implant Retained Denture
$8,999

This includes the cost of 4 implants, the abutments, the attachments, and the implant retained denture.

Replacement Inserts/O-rings
$25

There are o-ring like devices, inside the housings of the implant retained denture, that, every 6 months to 2 years, have to be replaced.  Pricing is for per insert, so for 4, it would be $100.

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INSURANCE

We are in network with Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Metlife.  We do accept all other major PPO plans, but we are not in network with any DMO style plans or TennCare.

FAQ

Unlike silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly with your teeth. They require less removal of tooth structure, and help bond the tooth together, unlike silver fillings.

Modern tooth-colored fillings are very durable and can last many years, but they may not be as long-lasting as metal fillings in larger cavities.  In that situation, it is our policy to diagnose a same-day crown as large silver fillings increase the likelihood of fracture of teeth dramatically, which can result in loss of the tooth, or Root Canal.

With proper care, tooth-colored fillings can last 5 to 10 years or longer, depending on the location of the filling and your oral hygiene.

They are suitable for most cavities, especially those in visible areas. However, for very large cavities, a crown may be recommended.

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They require the same care as your natural teeth: regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.

Yes, many people replace their metal fillings for aesthetic reasons or due to wear. We can advise if this is a good option for you.

Coverage varies. Some insurance plans cover them, especially for visible teeth, while others may only cover the cost of amalgam fillings.  Please give us a call if you have any questions 🙂

You can eat immediately after the procedure, but it's advisable to wait until the numbness from the anesthesia wears off to avoid biting your cheek or tongue.

They are resistant to staining, but like natural teeth, they can discolor over time due to coffee, tea, tobacco, or other stains.

Contact us if this occurs.  We will have to get you in to assess the situation.. They can be repaired or replaced, but may require more extensive work, like a crown, if the break is large.

Most patients experience little to no discomfort. Local anesthesia is used to prevent pain during the procedure.  Some patients take Advil or Tylenol after, and this is usually more than sufficient.  If you have any concerns though, please feel free to reach out to us.

It may take slightly longer than placing an amalgam filling due to the layering process.  Usually this is only 5-10 minutes longer, and is negligible.  

Some sensitivity is normal and should diminish over time. If it persists, consult your dentist for advice.  Products such as Sensodyne toothpaste help as well.

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Chattanooga, TN 37421