Composite Fillings & Restorations

Composite Fillings & Restorations in Palo Alto

An Alternative to Unattractive Metal Fillings

A composite filling, also known as a tooth colored filling, can be used to repair teeth that are affected by decay, fractures, cracks, and other problems. Phillip Fletcher DDS provides composite fillings and restorations in Palo Alto to restore your teeth with a material that blends perfectly with your own natural teeth.

Please contact our office at (650) 456-7872 to learn more about composite fillings and restorations.

Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings

Composite resins are used to create aesthetic restorations that match the color of your teeth. This is especially useful for decay and other imperfections in the teeth that can be seen when you smile. While the natural appearance of the material is a main reason people choose tooth colored fillings, there are other advantages.

Composite fillings offer benefits that include:

  • Matching the color to your natural looking teeth
  • Conservation of the natural structure of the tooth
  • Excellent longevity
  • Bonds better to the tooth structure
  • Durability

The composite material does not contain mercury like amalgam fillings, which many people prefer to avoid. If you have amalgam fillings and want them removed, it may be possible to replace your metal fillings with composite fillings and restorations.

Filling Cavities & Correcting Imperfections

The main types of fillings are silver amalgam fillings and composite fillings, which match the natural color of your teeth. Because the material bonds to the natural teeth, it creates a stronger restoration compared with amalgam fillings. The composite material can be used to correct more than just cavities and tooth decay, making it a more versatile option for repairing decayed and damaged teeth.

We use composite material to repair:

  • Cavities and tooth decay
  • Chips
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Gaps
  • Worn teeth

Composite fillings and restorations are extremely versatile and durable. Composite fillings can be used in two ways: as onlays and inlays. Inlays are placed like a typical amalgam filling. Onlays are used to cover the chewing surface and cusps of the teeth. This method is effective for correcting cosmetic imperfections in the teeth, as well as filling cavities. Since less of the natural tooth structure needs to be removed, the restorations are more durable and stronger than amalgam fillings.

How the Fillings are Placed

The process for composite fillings is similar to other filling materials. We start by numbing the area and the decayed tooth material is removed. The space that is left after removal of the decayed material is then cleaned and prepared for the new filling. The composite filling is then placed, shaped, and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape and enhance your appearance.

It is normal to experience a bit of sensitivity to hot and cold right after the restoration is placed, but this won’t last long. With proper care, you can expect your fillings and restorations to last for years. If something should go wrong and you lose a filling, they can easily be repaired in our office.

If you want to learn more about composite fillings and restorations, call (650) 456-7872 to book an appointment.

Patient Testimonials

Opinions That Matter the Most
  • I Felt Completely Safe

    “I felt completely safe in the environment of Dr. Fletcher‘s dental office. These guys are professional in every way and very friendly individuals.”

    - Joanna H.
  • You Are the Priority

    “Happy welcoming staff, it’s a pleasure to be in a place where everyone works as a well-coordinated team. You really feel like you’re part of a great operation where you are the priority. I love this place and have been coming here for years.”

    - Wendell S.
  • Completely Pain Free

    “They kept me informed ‘step by step’ of the whole procedure, with what to expect and what they were doing in real-time. While the whole procedure was completely pain-free, Dr. Fletcher regularly checked-in with me regarding my comfort level.”

    - Simon B.

Why Choose Phillip Fletcher DDS?

  • Holistic Dental Solutions

    Our comprehensive exams allow us to monitor all aspects of your oral health. Our ultimate goal is to preserve your healthy smile.

  • Data-Driven Approach


    Our dental experts gather baseline data about each patient. This helps us monitor improvements or make recommendations to prevent dental problems.


  • Highly Trained Team

    We value education, therefore our team has gone above and beyond by receiving extra training, in order to handle all dental needs.

  • Patient-Focused Treatments

    Our smile specialists will create unique treatment plans that are focused on prevention and minimal intervention