Dental fillings are one of the most common procedures performed in any dentist’s office. Dental fillings are used to restore a decayed tooth to normal function and prevent future decay in an effort to keep a patient’s natural tooth and maintain oral health.
What to Expect
During a typical dental filling procedure, Annapolis area dentists Dr. Scott Finlay and Dr. Chris Anderson will remove all decayed material from a tooth, clean out the area and then fill it in with one of several compound options to restore the tooth and seal any cracks or open spaces where bacteria could enter. The composite use for the filling will be determined by several factors: the severity of decay, the location of the tooth, the desired appearance, and a patient’s budget. In severe cases, Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson may recommend the use of a dental crown or suggest root canal therapy to save the tooth and prevent further decay. They will take the time to determine the most suitable treatment, ensuring comfortable and long term results for his patients.
Many patients have chosen to replace old, dark fillings with composite or white fillings, especially those in the “smile zone”. Replacing noticeable dark fillings can offer a quick smile makeover as well as strengthen the natural tooth. In some cases, Dr. Finlay may suggest the use of a dental crown to replace an old filling in order to keep the natural tooth intact and avoid a future extraction or root canal.
There are several types of dental fillings offered by Drs. Finlay and Anderson in their Arnold dental office:
Composite resin fillings: also called “white fillings”, this is the customized cosmetic filling that is often recommended to replace old, dark fillings that are in the smile zone for a more natural appearance or as part of a smile makeover.
Porcelain fillings: these are custom made inlays or onlays created in a dental lab and customized to match a patient’s natural tooth color.
White fillings: Dr. Finlay uses metal free white fillings to provide patients with durable cavity treatment that will not detract from their natural smile.
If you would like to brighten your smile with a new, white filling or have experienced symptoms of tooth decay and need to discuss a filling procedure, contact Dr. Finlay or Dr. Anderson in Arnold to schedule an appointment.