Tooth Fillings

Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

Composites cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings.

It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings probably due to cosmetics.  In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth.  However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past.

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.

Ankeny Family Dental Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 13 Fillings reviews.

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I was given excellent care & friendly staff.

- Danielle S

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Staff is welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. My Family and I have been going here for 16+ years!

- Rachel K

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All of the staff is genuinely nice. They work with you and don't make you feel like your just the next in line.

- Justin G

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I have been a patient at this clinic for over 25 years and have never had a bad experience. Staff is extremely helpful, friendly, and accommodating. I would recommend this office to anyone looking for a new dentist.

- Megan N

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I would not entertain going anywhere else. My wife, son, and I have gone to Family Dental for years. They take the fear of going to a dentist away. I can say the same about the entire staff. Thanks Family Dental!

- Paul P

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I especially like Dr. Lensch and his excellent bedside manner. It helped the usual anxieties of the dental visits.

- Lois L

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I was very encouraged by the way my dentist talked me through my procedure of removing my old filling and filling the new one. Prior to this operation I had a traumatic experience when I had my wisdom teeth taken out at another location. Basically, I wasnt given enough injections to numb my mouth so…

- Susan K

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The kids and I have been going here for years. Dr. Lensch and Dr. Gelfond and their entire staff are always so professional and friendly. They make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door and provide excellent dental care. Thanks

- Terry W

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I do not like a shot in my mouth before a procedure and they knew that. They were so calming and I hardly felt it before it was over.

- Carol P

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I have been Dr. Gelfond's patient ever since he started practicing in Ankeny, & he's the best dentist I've ever had. The staff is always friendly & professional.

- Dale S

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Dr. Gelfond and his staff have been wonderful each time I have seen them!

- David M

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We have had nothing but the absolute best experiences with our doctor and the rest of the staff members. I recently moved out of Ankeny and refuse to find a new dentist. I will very gladly make the drive back to Ankeny just to see Dr. Lensch. Amazing group of staff, dental assistants, and doctors!!!

- Alyssa L

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I have been to a lot of different dentists over the years and never have I had a more pleasant and painless experience. I HIGHLY recommend this practice to everyone. They have made a visit to the dentist exciting!

- Jennifer S.

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