Dental FillingsAn Overview
A dental filling is one of the most common dental treatments performed in our family dentist office and plays an important role in helping patients maintain long term dental health.
Tooth fillings are used to repair minor dental concerns including small cracks in teeth, restore a decayed tooth to normal function, and prevent future decay. Completed during a single visit to our Annapolis area dentist office, a composite filling can restore your oral health with lasting results.
We use tooth-colored fillings, called composites, for the most natural looking restorations. This material is made of resin and reinforced with quartz particles to mimic a natural tooth’s physical properties. Composite fillings are able to create a secure seal around the treated area to minimize the risk of future decay or infection.
Many patients also come to us to replace old, dark or failing dental fillings with new, metal-free restorations. Your new white fillings can provide an instant smile makeover. Dental fillings are one of the most common procedures performed in any dentist’s office.
Dental Fillings What to Expect
Cosmetic Tooth Fillings
To ensure your comfort during the dental filling procedure we will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the treated area.
The next step in the tooth filling procedure is to remove diseased or weakened areas of the tooth. The decayed material from a tooth is removed, the area is cleaned out, and then filled in with one of several compound options to restore the tooth and seal any cracks or open spaces where bacteria could enter. The composite used 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. Kim may recommend the use of a dental crown or suggest root canal therapy to save the tooth and prevent further decay. We will take the time to determine the most suitable treatment, ensuring comfortable and long term results.
To complete the process, Dr. Finlay or Dr. Lim will carefully sculpt the missing part of the tooth with the new, color matched composite material and permanently bond it into place. Composite fillings are strong enough to provide years of function and are customized to blend with your natural teeth. You will feel comfortable while eating and look confident with a cleaner, whiter smile.
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 in our 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 Annapolis Smiles in Arnold to schedule an appointment today.