Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Ouch! Tooth pain and sensitivity are both signs that you may have a cavity.


Ouch! Tooth pain and sensitivity are both signs that you may have a cavity. Tooth decay, cavities, only worsen if left untreated and can result in significant damage to your smile. Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern apply white, composite resin fillings to restore teeth marred by decay or damage and give patients back their strong, healthy smiles.

At your checkup or dental exam, our Chattanooga Dental Arts team will check each of your teeth for decay and assess your existing dental work for wear. If you have a cavity, we’ll gently prepare your tooth and then apply durable composite resin that’s been tinted to match your existing smile. We can also replace your dark, metal fillings with all-white, composite resin ones. White fillings form a seamless bond with teeth and provide lasting strength and protection against decay. Plus, they look great! If you’re interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings, feel free to ask during any dental appointment with our team, or call Chattanooga Dental Arts to schedule a visit with our dentists and carding dental team today.

What are Tooth-Colored Fillings Made From?

Tooth-colored fillings are crafted from high quality composite resin. This putty-like resin material is made from a combination of glass and plastics that are precisely shaded to match your smile. Once in place, this highly biocompatible material blends seamlessly into your smile and strengthens your damaged tooth.

For many years, patients were told that tooth-colored fillings only looked better but had no impact on their oral health. However, after decades of research and anecdotal evidence, we know that tooth-colored fillings don’t just look better. They may actually be a better restoration material to achieve optimal oral health. Some of the benefits of composite resin compared with amalgams include:

  • Greater preservation of healthy tooth structure. Amalgams require a small amount of tooth structure be removed to create wedges that hold the filling in place. Composite fillings form strong, natural bonds with your teeth, allowing you to maintain the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure.
  • Amalgam metal expands and contracts at a higher rate than teeth, so it can cause cracks in the remaining tooth structure, break away from the tooth, or allow bacteria to accumulate leading to further tooth decay.
  • For some people, amalgam metal fillings can lead to dental sensitivity when patients eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages.

How are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?

Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are placed in just one visit to our office. We begin by numbing the area around your damaged tooth or teeth. Then, we remove any damaged tissue. An etchant material is placed onto the tooth to create a more porous surface, so the filling material can form a stronger bond with the tooth. Next, the tooth-colored filling material is placed directly onto the prepared tooth. We shape the filling into place, and a curing light is applied to harden your tooth-colored fillings into place.

Caring for Your Tooth-Colored Fillings

Once you’ve had a tooth-colored filling placed, you should keep up with your twice a day tooth brushing and daily flossing as well as biannual appointments with our team. This ensures your repaired smile will remain healthy, and you’ll avoid more cavities. Our team may want to review your oral hygiene products to ensure you’re not using anything that will create unnecessary wear to your smile. We recommend soft toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpastes. Some patients may also need to switch to waxed floss to avoid snags or pulling when flossing. At your twice a year dental appointments, we will examine your filing for signs of wear or shifting. In most cases, we can repair a damaged filling on the same day you visit us.

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What patients say about us

Here's some kind words from a few of our happy patients.


It was my first time here, and I was blew away by the staff, these are the nicest people ever, I had a warm welcome upon entering and the hospitality did not stop. What a great staff. If you need a dentist I highly recommend you to give this business a try. My hygienist was the best, and I felt really comfortable with her. I had went to a dentist up the road first and I wasn’t treated the same upon my entry to their establishment so I remembered talking to a ladie that worked at this dental office sometime back, I drove down the street until I saw this office and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for a great dental experience.

Brenda S.


I went to this office for the first time today & felt like they were glad to help me. I felt at ease & was impressed by everyone! Michelle & Brittney were great & Dr Jancy made me feel confident my needs would be met. I will go here for all my dental needs & highly recommended it!

Phyllis V.


My experience has been great! I get extremely nervous when I go to the dentist. They make sure I’m comfortable and always make me feel more relaxed. Everyone on the staff that I’ve encountered have been super nice!

Felicia B.


Front desk is always very kind and helpful. Michele is great, best and most thorough cleanings I’ve ever received. Had to get a crown today, Dr Jancy and Jessica were absolutely terrific. Most painless and comfortable experience at any dentist office I’ve ever been to. Highly recommend

Joe S.


I absolutely love Michelle. If you are looking for a dental hygienist, pick her! Dr Parkerson is very thorough and I am pleased with the abutment and crown she placed. She was very caring and made sure I was not in any pain during the procedure. They are the best!

Grace W.