What Are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are a restorative option that improves the appearance and functionality of teeth. Fillings are most commonly placed when the patient’s tooth is affected by damage or decay. The filling materials even out the surface of the teeth and allow for more efficient biting and chewing. At Clarendon Dental Arts, Dr. Fresch Gray offers tooth-colored fillings to help teeth look and function at their best.
Types of Dental Fillings
In the past, patients had to receive amalgam fillings, a mixture of metal alloys. Today, tooth-colored fillings are increasing in popularity. These fillings contain a mixture of resin, glass or quartz, and porcelain ceramics.
- Composite Fillings: Also known as filled resins, composite fillings are used for small to mid-sized restorations. They provide strength, durability, and are resistant to fractures. Additionally, we can color match the filling so it blends in among your natural teeth.
- Glass Ionomers: A mixture of acrylic and glass, glass ionomers are most often seen in young children. This is because they release fluoride. However, these fillings are weaker than composite so they will likely need to be replaced in under 5 years.
Tooth Filling Replacement Before & After
Replacement of aged, broken down fillings with natural color fillings and crowns.
Leah started her treatment with Clarendon Dental Arts in Arlington, VA as an emergency patient. In addition, Leah avoided dental care due to previous negative experiences, which were addressed and overcome thanks to our caring staff. Leah gradually obtained renewed oral health in her gum tissues and teeth.
We replaced aged, broken, silver fillings with composite, natural colored fillings and crowns where needed.
Replacing old metallic fillings with natural color fillings.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
At Clarendon Dental Arts, we can place a filing on a recently damaged tooth or replace your old amalgam filling with a new tooth-colored one. Tooth-colored fillings come with many benefits including:
- Aesthetically pleasing
- The procedure takes only one visit
- Color matched to natural teeth
- Long lasting
Dental Filling Procedure
Dr. Fresch Gray can place a filling in one visit. During the first appointment, the Clarendon Dental Arts staff will remove any decay or damage from the tooth. Then, the tooth is cleaned and prepared for filling. Next, the filling material is placed on the targeted tooth. Once in place, the filling is polished to match the surrounding natural teeth. Patients can leave the office after their filling and continue with their daily activities.
Some patients may require a root canal before a filling if the damage and decay are extensive. Additionally, patients that need additional support for their filling may receive a crown, implant, or bridge after their procedure.
“Dr. Fresch and her team are by far the best holistic dental practice I have ever experienced. They take a proactive in their approach to ensure that my teeth and related health issues are sustained as I age. Who gets excited about their Dentist!!! I certainly do and recommend them without reservation.”