Portland Dentist Tooth Colored Fillings

Dental Filling Procedure

When a tooth's structure has been compromised by decay, a crack in the enamel, or a chip, a filling is required to prevent further damage. Often, these areas have gone undetected by the patient until the dentist finds them in a routine check up.

The tooth-colored mercury-free filling materials we use provide you with functional, natural-looking results.


Typically, local anesthesia is used. The decayed or damaged area of your tooth will be gently removed and replaced with filling material. Care is taken to remove as little of the tooth structure as possible while providing a good bond for the filling material. The tooth will then be polished and checked for proper occlusion (fit between the upper and lower teeth).

Minimally Invasive Dentistry

The phrase “minimally invasive dentistry” refers to new materials that enable us to minimize the amount of tooth material removed when placing a filling. These materials allow us to keep a greater percentage of healthy tooth, remove decay more quickly, match tooth color, and reduce the likelihood of tooth fracture.

Previously, we were limited to the use of silver amalgam due to the lack of conservative alternatives. It was far from an ideal option for small amounts of decay.

Fortunately, we now have much better composite restoration material. These new composites allow us to bond to the tooth and remove very minimal tooth structure to remove small amounts of decay. The key is to spot the decay early, clean it completely, and bond and seal the composite restoration to the tooth. That is why many of us use magnification loupes, microscopes and other high tech instruments, such as lasers, that find decay in its early stages.

Dr. Lee has been a mercury free practice for over 25 years.





1130 SW Morrison St., Suite 450, Portland, OR 97205 USA
Dr. Leslie Robert Milfred Portland DDS (503) 227-4410 (503) 227-6007 [email protected]