Metal-Free Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings treat cavities discreetly and effectively.

Fix Cavities with White Fillings

Composite fillings help restore decaying teeth and boost confidence.

Kid dental patients holding model of teeth at dental office.

Cavities happen, and when they do, a metal-free filling fixes the decay without leaving embarrassing signs of dental work. They’re safe, effective, and pain-free.

Metal-free fillings are used to fill new cavities or replace old fillings and can also fill worn enamel.

Signs your child needs a cavity filling:

  • Sharp toothache or tooth sensitivity

  • Darkness or hole in a tooth

  • Broken, cracked, or lost filling

Your child no longer has to deal with dark, unsightly cavity fillings for mild to moderate tooth decay.

Advantages of Metal-Free Fillings

Here are just a few reasons why parents and children appreciate a white filling option.


Metal-free fillings blend in with the color of natural teeth to fix front or back cavities.

Saves Teeth

Filling a cavity with a metal-free filling can save the tooth from further decay.

Less Invasive

Minimal tooth structure removal is required, which means better natural tooth durability.

How Metal-Free Fillings Work

Our dentists make filling cavities quick and easy with metal-free fillings.

Dentist high-fiving patient after metal-free fillings were placed.

After a tooth exam and x-ray in Greensboro… opens in a new window to Google Maps… or Durham… opens in a new window to Google Maps…, our dentists will recommend a metal-free filling if your child has a small to a medium-sized cavity. Getting a metal-free filling is quite simple.

  • Step 1

    We make sure your child is comfortable from the moment they come in. Before starting, we numb the affected tooth area so they won’t feel any pain.

  • Step 2

    If there’s an old filling, we remove it and clean out and remove decay from the natural tooth. If this is a new cavity, we remove decay from the tooth and prepare it to bond with a self-etching adhesive.

  • Step 3

    We apply the composite resin to the tooth, smooth it, harden it with light, and polish the area. Once finished, our dentist checks the bite and comfort level. Any slight sensitivity will soon subside. Be sure to help your child maintain good hygiene at home and visit our children’s dentist regularly.

Metal-free fillings restore the function and durability of the tooth to preserve your child’s smile.

Cavities happen even with good hygiene at home, and there’s no reason to be embarrassed. It’s important to contact one of our dentists right away if you think your child has a cavity.

This is by far the BEST pediatric dentist in the Triad area! My son loves going to the dentist! Usually, kids hate the dentist or doctors because they’ve had a bad experience and remember that! Every single visit feels personal and everyone is super nice and great personalities!

Crystal, 5-Star Google Review

FAQ about Metal-Free Fillings

  • What metals are used in fillings?

    Dental amalgam fillings have been used for years to fill cavities – a mixture of liquid (elemental) mercury with a powdered alloy of silver, tin, and copper. We offer metal-free fillings that are discreet and effectively fill cavities just as well as metal fillings.

    Unlike dark metal fillings, our metal-free option lets us match the filling to your child’s tooth color for a natural look.

  • Do they still use metal fillings?

    Metal fillings are still used today for large and small cavities, but metal fillings don’t offer the natural look of composite fillings.

    For mild to moderate cavities, metal-free fillings fix tooth decay just as well as metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are a great alternative to unsightly traditional metal ones.

  • Are metal fillings better?

    Both metal fillings and metal-free fillings prevent further tooth decay and restore your child’s tooth. The decision on which is best depends on the cavity’s location and size, along with your child’s cosmetic preferences.

    Metal-free fillings offer the advantage of discreetness, unlike metal fillings. We use a composite filling that matches the natural tooth color.

  • Can metal fillings cause health problems?

    Metal fillings are considered safe, and according to the American Dental Association (ADA), the metal dental amalgam is not harmful to the general public.

    An alternative to traditional fillings is metal-free fillings made of a safe composite material. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings won’t affect those who are allergic or sensitive to metal. Some patients also feel more tooth sensitivity to hot or cold with metal fillings, but they don’t have this issue with metal-free fillings.

    We consider several factors, including cavity size and a patient’s history, before deciding which dental treatment is best. Please schedule an appointment with our dentists in Greensboro or Durham today.

  • Are white fillings strong?

    Metal-free fillings, sometimes called white fillings, are strong and effective. The composite material used today is much stronger than years ago. It works to fill a cavity and prevent tooth decay while reinforcing the natural tooth structure.

    Composite fillings are bonded to a tooth and require less tooth removal than a metal filling.

  • Can I change my silver fillings to white?

    Each case is unique and should be discussed with the dentist. Please schedule a consultation for your child’s filling at Atlantis Dentistry or Carousel Dentistry.

    All fillings have a limited lifespan, so if it’s time to replace a broken, cracked, or lost filling, then a metal-free filling may be a great option.

    White fillings are best for mild to moderate tooth decay. We can match the composite material to the natural tooth color to fix tooth decay problems on front teeth or back teeth.

Fix a Cavity with a Natural Look

Schedule your dental restoration in Greensboro or Durham today.

Atlantis Dentistry

1002 N Church St, Ste 402
Greensboro, NC 27401

Phone: (336) 335-9990Click to call
Email: benatlantis88@gmail.comClick to email

Carousel Dentistry

5310 N Carolina 55, Ste 103
Durham, NC 27713

Phone: (919) 361-1998Click to call
Email: carouseldentistry@gmail.comClick to send an email