All Virginia Family Dentistry locations have general dentists who perform fillings to treat decay.
What is a filling?
Fillings restore teeth with small amounts of decay or damage back to their normal function and shape. Fillings are commonly used to treat cavities, however more serious cavities could require a crown for treatment.
What is a filling made of?
The filling is made of a composite resin that looks like natural teeth, making them unnoticeable to the eye. Fillings can also be made of silver amalgam or gold, although these substances are not as common in dentistry today.
How does a filling work?
The dentist will first remove the decay on the tooth and clean the infected area. The area will then be filled with a tooth-colored composite resin. This seals off the tooth to bacteria and will help prevent further decay.
When should fillings be replaced?
Older fillings with wear, chips, or cracks can leave gaps that allow decay-causing bacteria to enter between the tooth and the filling. This bacteria can be tough to remove with just brushing and can cause decay around or underneath the filling. Regular dental examinations can detect issues with fillings in the early stages. The dentist will be able to identify weaknesses or wear in the filling. X-Rays can also detect if bacteria has caused decay underneath the filling or in between teeth. If the dentist detects an issue then he/she will recommend that the filling be replaced.
Sometimes fillings are replaced for cosmetic reasons. Many patients have chosen to replace old amalgam (silver) fillings for new tooth-colored composite fillings.
Want to replace an old amalgam filling? Schedule a consultation at the most convenient Virginia Family Dentistry location.
If a filling falls out, give us a call! We will work you in as soon as possible.