Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings in Melbourne, FL 

All You Need to Know About Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

Dr. Matthew Sheldon has extensive training in cosmetic dentistry techniques.

Are you dealing with decayed teeth, but you're not willing to deal with the problems caused by silver amalgam fillings? Are you looking to have a silver amalgam filling replaced to reduce sensitivity and create a more seamless smile? Say goodbye to unsightly and unnatural-looking silver amalgam fillings, and hello to natural-looking tooth-colored dental fillings!

Melbourne, FL, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Lee Sheldon, Dr. Matt Sheldon, & Dr. Michel Furtado, of Solid Bite, offer this more aesthetically pleasing and healthier alternative to traditional fillings. Learn all about how a composite filling can improve your smile and dental health by calling our Eastern Florida dental practice at (321) 353-7214 or keep reading our comprehensive guide. 

What Are Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings?

Tooth-colored dental fillings, also known as composite fillings and white fillings, provide a natural-looking cosmetic dentistry solution for restoring decayed teeth. Composite fillings are typically composed of materials like composite resin or ceramics. These materials match your natural tooth color, seamlessly blending with your smile. 

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

Tooth-colored dental fillings offer several advantages when compared to traditional amalgam fillings and gold fillings. Some of the many benefits of composite fillings include:

  • Aesthetics: Composite fillings seamlessly blend with your natural teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing result.
  • Confidence: The improved appearance of your teeth can boost your self-confidence, allowing you to express your individuality through your smile.
  • Stronger Bond: Composite fillings form a strong and durable bond with the tooth structure, providing effective protection.
  • Durability: While amalgam fillings are known for their durability, tooth-colored dental fillings have improved over time and can last seven to 12 years with proper care.
  • Biocompatible: Tooth-colored dental fillings are non-toxic and biocompatible, reducing the risk of allergic reactions and health concerns.
  • Metal-Free: Unlike traditional amalgam fillings that contain metals, composite fillings are a metal-free solution, making them a safer choice for those with metal sensitivities.

Who Qualifies for Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings?

While specific qualifications may vary depending on individual needs and preferences, the following groups generally qualify for composite dental fillings:

  • Patients Seeking Aesthetic Solutions: Individuals who prioritize the natural appearance of their smile and wish to avoid the metallic look of traditional amalgam fillings often opt for tooth-colored fillings.
  • Small to Medium Cavities: Composite fillings are suitable for filling small to medium-sized cavities resulting from decay, chipping, or wear and tear.
  • Those with Metal Sensitivities: Composite fillings are a metal-free alternative for individuals who have sensitivities or allergies to metal materials. Those with existing amalgam-type fillings can have them replaced with composite resin fillings for a more comfortable and appealing smile.
  • Patients Concerned About Biocompatibility: Composite fillings are typically biocompatible, reducing the risk of allergic reactions and health concerns.
  • Those Willing to Invest in Long-Term Aesthetics: Patients willing to invest in the long-term aesthetics of their smile often choose composite fillings, despite the slightly higher costs.

The Tooth-Colored Filling Procedure

Initial Consultation

The first step in getting tooth-colored fillings is attending an initial consultation with one of our Melbourne cosmetic dentists; Dr. Lee Sheldon, Dr. Matt Sheldon, or Dr. Michel Furtado. During your initial consultation, your Melbourne dentist will perform a full examination of your mouth, X-rays may be taken, and determine your level of oral health. Your initial consultation is a great time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have. 


If you’ve been approved for tooth-colored dental fillings, any decay or affected portions of the tooth are meticulously removed to create a clean and healthy surface for the filling material. To minimize discomfort during this process, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the area effectively. 

We also offer sedation dentistry options to further numb you to pain and help you relax if necessary. Specialized dental tools are then employed to remove the decay and prepare the tooth for the filling.

Placing and Shaping the Filling

After tooth preparation, your Melbourne cosmetic dentist will insert the tooth-colored filling material, shaping it to align with the tooth’s contours. This provides a seamless and natural-looking appearance blending with your existing teeth. The filling material is then carefully shaped and adjusted to create a comfortable bite and proper function.

Curing and Polishing

After the composite dental filling has been shaped and placed, your Melbourne dentist will use a special curing light to harden the filling material. This step is crucial, as it guarantees the filling is firmly bonded to the tooth and can withstand the pressures of biting and chewing. Once the filling has been cured, your dentist will polish the surface to create a smooth and natural-looking finish.

Caring for Your Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

Good Oral Hygiene Practices

For the well-being and durability of your composite fillings, it’s crucial to uphold good oral hygiene. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleanings will help keep your fillings in top shape and prevent further tooth decay, or damage. Avoid chewing on hard objects or using your teeth as tools.

Preventing Staining and Discoloration

To avoid the staining and discoloration of your tooth-colored fillings, limit the consumption of dark-colored foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and certain berries. Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming these items can also help to minimize staining. Attend professional dental cleanings and regular dental checkups to remove surface stains and maintain the appearance of your fillings.

Sensitivity and Discomfort

Some patients may experience sensitivity or discomfort following the placement of a tooth-colored filling. This typically subsides over time, but if the discomfort persists, call us at (321) 364-3936 as soon as possible, as there may be an issue with the filling that requires adjustment or replacement.

Filling Repair and Replacement

Should a tooth-colored filling get damaged or worn, prompt repair or replacement is crucial to maintain the health and appearance of your tooth. Drs. Lee Sheldon, Matt Sheldon, or Michel Furtado can remove the existing filling and replace it with a new one, ensuring that your tooth remains protected from further decay and damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Elevate Your Smile with Natural-Looking Tooth-Colored Fillings!

If you’re considering tooth-colored fillings, consult with Dr. Lee Sheldon, Dr. Matt Sheldon, & Dr. Michel Furtado by dialing (321) 353-7214 to determine the best option for your unique dental needs. You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. 

We’re here to help our Melbourne patients and patients from surrounding areas such as Palm Bay, Cape Canaveral, Malabar, and Melbourne Beach, FL, embrace the advantages of tooth-colored fillings and enjoy a more confident, beautiful, and healthier smile!