Creating Natural Looking Dental Fillings

If our Des Moines, IA, patients experience tooth decay, then we have a lifelike solution. With our dental fillings, we help stop the progression of cavities and repair teeth in just one visit. Let’s look at the benefits of our natural looking tooth-colored fillings.

When Do You Need a Filling?

A cavity forms when injury or poor oral hygiene leads to damaged or weakened tooth enamel, allowing bacteria to bypass this outer layer and reach the inner dentin. A cavity then forms. Treatment is crucial to prevent the decay from growing more severe and leading to an infected tooth. If we find the presence of a cavity, we will often prescribe a filling to restore the tooth to optimal health, function, and appearance.

Composite Resin

Instead of using amalgam or other metal materials, we instead opt for composite resin. Metal-free, the material can be shaded to match the rest of the tooth structure. We begin the procedure by removing the decay and cleaning the tooth. We then prepare and shade the composite resin material, applying it in several layers. We cure the material under a light and then polish the tooth for a more natural appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit to complete.

Signs You Need Treatment

How do you know when you have a cavity? If you undergo routine six-month checkups, then we will uncover decay in the earliest stages, often before you experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until your tooth develops tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or a persistent toothache. If you have pain or sensitivity that lasts more than 48 hours, then contact our team right away to discuss possible treatment options. If you have any questions about tooth decay and dental fillings, or if you think you would benefit from our lifelike restoration, then contact our team today.


We offer natural looking solutions to tooth decay in just one visit. Our practice is ready to help families in and around Des Moines, IA enjoy beautiful smiles with professional cosmetic dental treatments. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.