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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tooth-Colored Fillings

How can we help you?

One of the most important things we do at Pruce Dental is patient education. Before we decide on a treatment, we will answer all your questions and provide the information you need to make an educated decision about your oral health care.

You may not be at the point where you are ready to commit to treatment. Maybe you just need some information. We encourage you to ask questions because it helps us understand what's on your mind and how we can help. 

Here are a few of the questions we hear frequently, but you may need an answer that you don't see here. We would be happy to find the information you are looking for. Please call our office at (724) 942-1400 or fill out our convenient online contact form.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Thanks to advances in materials and technology, we now have many options for addressing cosmetic dental flaws. Both porcelain veneers and dental bonding are popular treatments, but they work very differently.


A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that covers a tooth and closely resembles the appearance of dental enamel. Since veneers conceal a tooth, they can be used to correct flaws like chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. When we place a veneer, we remove a thin layer of your dental enamel and then take impressions of the teeth.


A dental lab creates your customized veneers, which we then bond to the surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are durable, and with proper care, conscientious oral hygiene, and routine dental visits, it’s possible for veneers to last 15 years or longer.


Another procedure Dr. Pruce offers is dental bonding. He uses tooth-colored filling material to expertly build up portions of a tooth to alter its size and shape to create a more pleasing appearance. The process is fast, and we can often treat several teeth during one appointment. Bonding is an excellent solution, but you should know that we will have to repeat the procedure more frequently than we would with veneers.


If you are thinking about altering your smile, but aren’t sure where to start, please call us at our Washington dental office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation so we can learn what it is you would like to change and how we can help.


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