A filling is placed when a tooth has suffered minor cracks, decay, fractures, and/or infection. Composite or tooth-colored fillings are completely free of mercury and are closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. In just one dental appointment, the dentist will remove the portion of the tooth that has become decayed and/or broken and will clean and fill the remaining tooth structure with a mercury-free filling. To learn more about your restorative dental options, please contact Oxford Lakes Dental Care in Oxford, MI.