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Galleria Dental Aesthetics in McLean VA

Tooth Colored Fillings

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At Galleria Dental Aesthetics we pride ourselves on being a metal-free cosmetic dental practice; we use tooth-colored fillings only. Today’s dental technology offers natural-looking alternatives to silver/mercury fillings. No one will ever know you have a filling.


Tooth-colored fillings, also called “white fillings”, are made of a composite resin that can be color-matched to your existing teeth. Rather than having an unsightly silver/mercury patch in your teeth, the composite resin is nearly invisible as it fills the decayed portion of the tooth.
As this procedure has become more and more popular, many patients elect to have their old silver/mercury fillings removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings. The result is a more beautiful, natural-looking smile.


Beyond the aesthetic reasons for tooth-colored fillings, there are other benefits including:

  • Composite resin does not expand and contract when exposed to variations in temperature like silver/mercury fillings can. Over time, this expansion and contraction can cause small openings to form, allowing harmful bacteria to enter and cause further damage.
  • Less tooth structure must be removed for composite resin to fill a tooth cavity as opposed to a silver/mercury filling.
  • Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth, helping to restore strength and preserve your natural tooth.

Like your natural teeth, it is possible for the composite resin to stain over time. However, when compared to the appearance of silver/mercury fillings, most patients still choose tooth-colored fillings today.

Not all cosmetic dentists are trained to offer alternatives to silver/mercury fillings. Our team is happy to provide this service and can be performed in one visit in most cases.

For more information, see Questions About White Fillings.


If you live in the Arlington, Alexandria, Tysons Corner, McLean or Northern Virginia area and would like to learn more about Alexandria tooth-colored fillings and porcelain fillings, please contact the Tysons Corner cosmetic dentistry team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics for an initial white fillings consultation and to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.

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