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Conservative and Tooth-like Composite Fillings Restore the Health and Appearance of Damaged Teeth

Untreated cavities and minor fractures can progress over time if left untreated. The consequences? Unaddressed cavities become large holes that penetrate your tooth pulp, causing infection. If your infected tooth isn’t treated with a root canal, it eventually dies off! 

Don’t let cavities grow and become hard to treat. Instead, talk to Mint Dental in Meridian, Idaho, about composite fillings. These tooth-colored restorations blend perfectly with your tooth structure to provide optimal protection against future bacteria attacks. 

Composite fillings treatment: A quick fix for cavities and tooth decay

The procedure for white fillings is painless and quick, taking about an hour. The process starts with inspecting your teeth to determine whether a filling is the best restorative procedure. If yes, we administer local anesthesia to minimize discomfort — surface cavities don’t need local anesthetics.

Once comfortable, we drill out the decayed part and clean your tooth thoroughly to eliminate harmful bacteria. Next, we fill the “cavity hole” in layers using composite resin — a mixture of fine glass particles and liquid resin. We then harden each layer with a curing light before shaping your tooth until the bite feels natural. Finally, we polish your tooth for a natural-looking appearance. 

You can resume your everyday activities after cavity treatment. You must only avoid eating or chewing for about two hours until the anesthesia wears off. Otherwise, you can bite or harm your tongue and cheeks. 

 Benefits of white fillings

Metal (amalgam) fillings traditionally were the go-to restorations for cavities and minor tooth decay. Amalgam restorations did the job but left many people with discolored teeth because of the wedging effect of the metal. Additionally, metal expands and contracts as temperatures change. So, when taking cold and hot drinks, metal restorations change in size, which cracks your tooth over time.

Because of the shortcoming of metal fillings, most dentists have switched to composite fillings. White fillings offer many benefits, including:

  • Conservative: We only remove a small portion of your tooth when installing composite fillings. Leaving your healthy structure intact ensures your tooth remains strong and stable for many years.
  • Natural-looking: Tooth-colored fillings can be shaded to resemble the shade of the surrounding teeth for undetectable results. 
  • Safety: Unlike metal fillings, composite restorations don’t change in size when temperatures change. Similarly, white fillings don’t contain mercury, making them a safer option. 
  • Better protection: Composite resin bonds with your tooth at a microscopic level. Optimal bonding seals your tooth completely from harmful bacteria. 

Want to treat your cavities without compromising your smile? Please dial (208) 900-4669 to talk to Mint Dental about composite fillings. Dr. Kevin Pulsipher and the team install tooth-colored fillings that offer superior protection and blend seamlessly with your smile.


What are tooth-colored dental fillings?

Dr. Kevin Pulsipher describes tooth-colored dental fillings, also referred to by our team as composite resin fillings, as a type of dental restoration designed to complement the appearance of your natural teeth. They are made of a resin-based composite that provides good durability and resilience and is highly recommended by Dr. Kevin Pulsipher of Mint Dental.

How long do tooth-colored fillings last?

The lifespan of a tooth-colored filling can vary depending on the individual’s oral hygiene and dietary habits. However, on average, they last 5-10 years with regular evaluations and cleanings at Mint Dental.

Are tooth-colored fillings safe?

Tooth-colored fillings are safe. They are made of a composite resin that has been thoroughly tested for biocompatibility and safety and are highly desirable over alternative materials such as silver amalgam, which is still used by some dentists today.

Do tooth-colored fillings need any special attention or care?

Your tooth-colored fillings won’t require special care beyond good oral hygiene practices. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental evaluations with Dr. Kevin Pulsipher.

Can tooth-colored fillings replace old metal fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings can be used to replace old metal or silver amalgam fillings. This is often done for aesthetics or if the old filling is damaged or worn out. Silver amalgam fillings are harmful to the human body, so removal and replacement will always be recommended by our staff at Mint Dental.

Dr. Kevin Pulsipher, Mint Dental

Dr. Kevin Pulsipher | Mint Dental

Dr. Kevin Pulsipher, is a highly skilled and dedicated dentist with a profound passion for dentistry. He holds a Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Midwestern University, a testament to his rigorous academic training and comprehensive understanding of dental care. Dr. Pulsipher's dedication to continuing education allows him to stay at the forefront of dental technology, techniques, and tools, ensuring he can deliver superior care to each patient he serves.

Having served as a dentist in the U.S. Army for four years, Dr. Pulsipher gained invaluable experience and is now committed to serving his community in the Treasure Valley region with a genuine desire to make a positive difference in the lives of his patients. He guarantees that patients feel comfortable and well cared for throughout their dental experience.

With his comprehensive expertise, authoritative stance in the dental community, and unwavering commitment to providing trustworthy and compassionate care, Dr. Pulsipher continues to positively impact the lives of his patients and the community he serves.

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