If you develop a cavity and it’s starting to damage your enamel, your dentist might recommend a filling to prevent further decay and restore your tooth to its healthy, near-original condition. At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sterling, Virginia, the team regularly uses tooth-colored composite fillings to address caries. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of fillings, call the office or click the online booking tool and request your appointment Kourosh Kianpour, DDS, or Mojgan Partovi, DDS, today.
A dental filling is a restorative procedure designed to strengthen a damaged tooth due to decay. To apply a filling, your PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry provider carefully removes the decaying portion of your tooth, cleans the affected area of debris and harmful bacteria, and fills the hole with a non-toxic, resin material.
In addition to improving the physical appearance of your tooth, a filling seals the tooth, preventing bacteria and other microorganisms from getting into the tooth pulp and causing further problems.
At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, the team uses tooth-colored composite fillings to restore their patients’ smiles.
Traditional dental fillings feature amalgam, a metal alloy containing copper, mercury, silver, and tin. However, amalgam fillings are unsafe for people with metal allergies, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
White, composite fillings, on the other hand, are discreet and safe for people of all ages. Also, white fillings are versatile, and your dentist can place them on any tooth in your mouth. If you already have amalgam fillings, your dentist can also use white fillings to replace them.
Only a qualified dentist can determine whether or not you’ll benefit from a filling. If you’re suffering from a toothache or similar pain, make an appointment with the team at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Following a thorough exam of your teeth and gums and a series of X-rays, your provider can make a treatment recommendation that aligns with your individual needs.
At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, the team always works to save their patients’ permanent teeth. However, if your dentist is unable to repair your decay using traditional means, such as a filling, inlay, or onlay, they might recommend a tooth extraction.
If you’re nervous about the thought of an extraction, know that you aren’t alone. The team will work with you to ensure your comfort throughout the entire process. In addition to administering a local anesthetic, you also have the option of treatment with nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” which can help to ease your nerves.
If you suspect you have a cavity, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Request an appointment at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.