Your guide to reliable and stunning tooth-colored fillings in Chandler, AZ

In the mid-1800s, a four-room house could be rented for $5 a month, and the average worker earned less than $1 for a day’s labor. While pretty much everything in life has changed from the mid-19th century, at least one thing remains the same: the use of “silver” fillings! At Aquila Dental in Chandler, AZ, we have alternatives to silver-hued fillings made from an amalgam of metals, including mercury: tooth-colored fillings. These composite or white fillings repair cavities cosmetically and conservatively. 

When a filling is what the dentist orders…

We work closely with patients to prevent tooth decay that requires treatment, such as fillings. Modifications to oral care can resolve early-stage enamel erosion. However, fillings may be necessary should you have a cavity that threatens the affected tooth’s long-term structural integrity. In these cases, we may recommend the application of a dental material to the cavity. Tooth-colored fillings are a “direct” procedure, which means that the prepared material can be applied directly to the prepared tooth. The material color is matched to the surrounding teeth and is applied in layers and hardened along the way to strengthen the bond of the composite resin to the natural tooth. Composites are metal-free. So, the risk of reactions among patients who have sensitivities or allergies to metals is avoided. 

The “indirect” metal fillings are shaped to “fill in” the prepared treatment site. Generally, since these materials are not applied and shaped within the cavity, your dentist must drill more of the natural tooth structure away before introducing the filling to the site. In turn, tooth-colored fillings are largely more conservative and preserve maximum natural tooth structure. This approach facilitates the most natural appearance, feel of the inside mouth, and function. Due to how the materials are applied and bonded, white fillings also have superior strength when compared to metal fillings made from a mix of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. 


Each patient is different. So, we will not know what is best for you until after thoroughly examining your teeth and gums and discussing your treatment preferences. Depending on the extent of damage that may be present, Dr. Richard Higgs may suggest inlays or onlays (partial crowns) as an alternative to fillings to better support the tooth’s long-term health and strength. Full-coverage crowns may also be necessary. Whatever the case may be, our dental restorations are an excellent value; they are built to last, as long as you give them the TLC that they deserve with good home care and regular visits to our office!