Four Things You Need to Know About Dental Fillings
- Posted on: Oct 30 2019
Tooth decay is a common dental problem that arises due to poor dental hygiene or even a diet rich in sugars and acids. In most cases, areas of tooth decay, called cavities, are addressed with the use of a dental filling. A filling essentially fills the hole left from decay and seals it so the decay will not progress further. This filling also keeps bacteria from entering into the tooth and causing an infection.
Fillings are one type of restorative dentistry performed by the team at Clarendon Dental Arts. Here are four things Dr. Danine Fresch Gray wants you to know about dental fillings:
- Filling material should be thoughtfully considered. There are many types of materials that are used in dentistry for fillings. However, some materials, such as certain metals, may have components that can cause an allergic reaction in patients. The dentist will take great care in choosing the filling material appropriate for each patient.
- Fillings are soft. While fillings may help in restoring a tooth, they are not always the strongest. In fact, most fillings are softer than natural tooth enamel, which can make them susceptible to problems. Patients who have dental fillings should take great care in avoiding hard foods such as candies or ice.
- Fillings are not painful to place. When patients think of the dental chair, they may believe that procedures performed will hurt. At the practice of Dr. Danine Fresch Gray, we properly anesthetize and sedate patients so their procedure is pain-free and easy.
- Not all fillings are cosmetic. Fillings done with materials such as metals may be extremely noticeable within the smile. Patients seeking a more aesthetic option for their filling will want to ask about porcelain or composite resin fillings. These are tooth-colored materials that provide a more blended appearance. In fact, many patients who have these fillings completed will find it difficult to tell where the area of decay exists.
Schedule a visit at with our professionals today!
Dr. Danine Fresch Gray and her associates are available for assisting patients with a wide range of restorative solutions, including the placement of dental fillings for areas of decay. Call (703) 525-5901 today to schedule your visit, and speak with our team at our office, conveniently located at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard of Arlington, VA.
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