Dental Fillings Reston VA
Even if you brush regularly and eat healthy foods, you can still develop cavities. Cavities are holes in the tooth caused by bacteria. If left untreated, this hole can get bigger. It can lead to an infection or tooth loss. At the very least, you may develop a severe toothache.
To prevent this, your dentist may recommend several options. For tiny cavities, fluoride can prevent the hole from getting bigger. Most cavities, however, can be treated with a dental filling. Is a dental filling right for you? The dentists at Reston Modern Dentistry can determine the right course of treatment for your cavity. To learn more, call our office at 703-860-9854.
Types of Dental Fillings
There are many types of fillings to choose from. They vary based on the materials used. Here are the pros and cons of each:
- Silver amalgam. This is the most common type of filling. Silver amalgam is popular because it is durable and inexpensive. These fillings can last around 15 years. They are well-tolerated by most people. Silver amalgam fillings, however, are very noticeable, so they are best used on teeth in the back. These fillings can also expand and contract, which means they can create spaces between the teeth and filling. This can cause large cavities to form.
- Composite. Composite fillings are made of resin and plastic. These fillings are popular because they are tooth-colored and, therefore, not noticeable. Composite fillings, however, don’t last very long. They need to be replaced every five years or so. They are also expensive compared to amalgam fillings.
- Ceramic. Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain. They are tooth-colored, so they look good and last a long time. They are resistant to stains. Ceramic fillings, however, can be more costly than other materials. They are also brittle and require a large area in order to prevent breakage.
- Gold. Gold fillings are not as popular, as they are the most expensive. Gold fillings are very rare and it is hard to find a dentist who even offers them. They are, however, very sturdy and can last 15 years. They also resist corrosion.
How is a Dental Filling Performed?
To fill a cavity, the dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. The dentist will then remove the decayed area with a drill or laser. Once the decay has been removed, the cavity needs to be cleaned to remove bacteria and debris. This will prepare the space for the filling. If the decay is near the root, a liner may be placed inside to protect the nerve. After the filling is in, the dentist will polish it.
Tooth-colored fillings require additional steps. The dentist removed the decay and cleans the area. The tooth-colored material is then applied in layers. A special light hardens each layer. The dentist will shape the composite material, remove any excess material and polish the final restoration.
Contact Us Today
Dental fillings can fill cavities and fix broken teeth, so you don’t have to lose your teeth. The dentists at Reston Modern Dentistry can help protect your teeth. Your insurance may pay for the filling, so we can help maximize your benefits. Contact us today at 703-860-9854 to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options. We look forward to keeping your smile healthy.