Tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resins. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable and more attractive than other types of fillings. Certain tooth-colored filling materials (such as glass ionomers) even release fluoride, resulting in a tooth that is more resistant to decay. In addition, tooth-colored fillings are compatible with dental sealants. A tooth can be filled and sealed at the same time to provide extra decay protection. Tooth colored fillings are not for every cavity. They work best in small areas of decay in low-stress areas. Your pediatric dentist will discuss this option with you if it is right for your child’s needs and situation, based upon the guidelines of the AAPD.