When decay has damaged your tooth enamel, but is not serious enough to require a dental crown or root canal treatment, Dr. J. Steve Morton may suggest a tooth-colored filling. Most popular for repairing cavities, dental fillings are used to restore the integrity of your tooth structure after the decay or damage has been removed. In the past, patients were limited to amalgam fillings, made from metal alloys mixed together. Thanks to advances in dentistry, we are now pleased to offer tooth-colored composite fillings in Sevierville, Tennessee. Also known as white fillings, tooth-colored fillings are made of a special plastic that can be matched to the exact color of your tooth.
Placing a tooth-colored filling is a fairly simple process that can be completed in just one visit to our office. First, our gentle dentist removes all existing tooth decay and cleans the surface of your tooth. The plastic the filling is made out of, called composite resin, is soft like putty when it is applied. This allows us to sculpt the tooth-colored filling so it fits the natural shape of your tooth. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the filling and we will polish it to a radiant shine. For better oral health, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about tooth-colored fillings.