Tooth-Colored Fillings

Whenever one of your teeth has become damaged due to decay or injury, the structure needs to be repaired in order to restore it both functionally and aesthetically. Previously, this would call for an amalgam filling. It did a decent job of restoring your tooth, but it dramatically affected the look of your smile. Plus, over time amalgam fillings can actually leave teeth in a weakened state. Whenever we repair one of your teeth at the Chaska Dental Center, we want it not only to be strong and reliable, but beautiful as well. This is why we always recommend tooth-colored fillings.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Rather than using various metals (including mercury), tooth-colored fillings utilize a composite resin to help repair your teeth. This is composed of a plastic mixture held together by microscopic glass particles. Tooth-colored fillings have a number of benefits over traditional amalgam fillings. Firstly, as the name implies, tooth-colored fillings are specially colored to match the rest of your smile. This means that your smile will look natural and attractive once we have restored it, as opposed to being tarnished with unsightly amalgam fillings.

Tooth-colored fillings can repair your teeth better as well. Amalgam fillings do not actually bond to your tooth enamel. This means your dentist needed to create a pocket in your tooth for it to sit in, meaning more of your tooth had to be removed. This would make it more susceptible to breakage in the future. The composite resin used in tooth-colored fillings firmly bonds to your teeth, allowing Dr. Meschke and Dr. Swingdorf to more precisely remove the damaged part of your tooth and keep most of it intact. The end result is that you have a stronger, longer-lasting restoration that no one will be able to notice when you smile.

What Is The Process Like?

When you come in to get a tooth-colored filling, the first step is that you will receive local anesthesia in the area that will be worked on. Then one of the doctors will carefully and precisely remove the damaged part of your tooth. They will then apply the resin, which will be in a soft and malleable form. Once the resin has been sculpted to give your tooth the support and look it needs, a special light will be used to harden it quickly.

The entire process usually takes less than an hour and patients can go about their day normally afterward. Tooth-colored fillings are extremely durable and can last 7-10 years with proper dental care. Often, when fillings fail it is because the remaining tooth has started to decay again, so be sure to brush and floss regularly once you have gotten a filling.

Any Questions?

If you want to know more about how we can consistently and flawlessly repair your teeth with tooth-colored fillings, please give us a call today. You can get the best of both worlds when it comes to strength and beauty at the Chaska Dental Center, so don’t wait.

I brought my daughter, 10 years old, to the clinic yesterday. Was blown away by how east to work with all of the staff. Wendy at the front desk was wonderfully warm and inviting. The hygienist we had, Erin, was wonderful with my daughter. She was very engaging. We had Dr. Swingdorf as our dentist and he was amazing. Talked to my daughter instead of to me, which I LOVE! He addressed all of our concerns and was very approachable. Would recommend them to anyone looking for an outstanding dental clinic!

I want to state how fortunate I am - and I am certain everyone else of Dr. Meschke's patients - to have such an outstanding and most capable person as Dr. Tom Meschke as our dentist. I am certain Dr. Meschke has to be one of the very best dentists in the entire state of Minnesota. He is personable with his patients, he is genuinely interested in correcting and resolving your dental issue. I know he has made a big difference in my dental health from where I started with him about 20 years ago to where I am today which is in positive dental health. There are many good dentists in Minnesota, I am certain, but I do not believe that Dr. Meshke could be ranked below any of them. He is truly the best! - Steve W.

Fantastic dental experience! The office staff have always treated me with respect and care. Dr. Swingdorf is the best dentist I've ever seen. Highly recommend! - Ross N.

Really enjoy coming in, the doctors and the entire staff are more engaged and concerned which makes the atmosphere much more friendly and less transactional. The atmosphere was only one facet that made the experience great, I went for a basic appointment but it felt tailored to my needs more so that with other dentists I've gone to. Would definitely recommend to friends and family - Christopher S.

Life changer for me! I had missing teeth and bone loss for years and Dr. Meschke came up with a plan for implants. I can chew with the right side of my mouth again for the first time in over 10 years! Our family of 9 is lucky to have him for a dentist. Professional, Innovative, Caring, & Affordable. Thanks Dr. Meschke!!! - Scott F.

Dr. Swingdorf, I wanted to thank you and Linda and the rest of Chaska Dental's staff for all your courtesy and care to make sure my dental and overall health continue to be excellent. - Camille

Thank you Dr. Swingdorf for your time and attention when I came in for my 6 month check up. I very much appreciate all you do for my and the health of my dental care. I cannot thank you enough!

The receptionists are helpful and courteous, the hygienists are patient, gentle, knowledgeable and very nice. We've been coming here for years and have no intentions on going anywhere else.

One too many kernels of Kettle Korn at the Twins game this past weekend. I called CDC first thing Monday morning and was in the chair for molar restoration within a half hour. Now that's accommodation. Thank you! Go TWINS!

As much as it is contradictory to say; You make dentist visits/work enjoyable! Thanks again and...I always refer my friends your way for a great dentist!

Tom, Thank you so much for your honesty & integrity. I had no idea of your warranty or even that this tooth had been worked on before or when. This will not go unnoticed in the community. I've already told several people of your honesty and quality of work & will continue to do so. - Luke

Dear Tom, Thank you for your care and concern for me - I appreciate your professional pride in your excellent work - even when you make a patient wait. Thank goodness you did have new caps made. I LOVE MY NEW TEETH. Best wishes to you and your family - you are special. XOXO-Susan

The dental care from Dr. Meschke and his staff is the best I've received in my adult years. They are professional, thorough, and make the experience something to look forward to (which is a hard thing to do, given that it's dental work and generally, not an enjoyable experience).
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Just a note to say a sincere Thank You for the beautiful work you did on my front tooth, the "prettiest" tooth in my mouth. Yes, Betty, my sister-in-law was informed. I'll show it off Saturday at a wedding shower!
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