Dental Fillings Reston, VA

Dental Fillings An Overview

Dental fillings are used to address tooth decay and help support a healthy smile. The purpose of this treatment is to preserve the natural tooth. A tooth filling will restore strength and protect the tooth from future damage and decay. Fillings are one of the most commonly used general dental treatments. Most patients will receive a dental filling at some point in their life. Our Reston, VA dentist office uses ceramic dental fillings which are highly durable and effective at sealing out future decay.

The most common reason a tooth filling is needed is because of a cavity (tooth decay). Cavities are caused by plaque buildup on the tooth. Plaque is a sticky film that contains bacteria that will eventually cause cavities. This buildup is the main reason you should visit our office twice a year for cleanings. Removing the hard to reach plaque is the best way to prevent teeth cavities. When spotted early, a simple dental filling is all that is needed to repair the tooth and prevent further decay. When tooth decay is left untreated, the cavity will only get worse and grow larger. Larger cavities or decay in the deep grooves of the teeth may require a more substantial treatment. We offer inlay or onlays for the treatment of advanced tooth decay. Dr. Datta can use CEREC digital technology to design and fit your inlay or onlay in a single visit to our Reston, VA dentist office.

Composite Resin (White Fillings)

Our goal is to achieve natural, aesthetic results with any treatment we perform on our patients. Ridgetop Dental uses ceramic white dental fillings for natural-looking results. These are referred to ‘tooth colored fillings’ because resin mimics the appearance of natural teeth. These types of fillings are durable, attractive and highly compatible. Though they are not as long-lasting as other types of fillings, composite fillings will last many years or more with proper care and maintenance.

Replacing Old Metal Fillings

Some patients may choose to have older metal fillings replaced with ceramic cosmetic fillings for a more aesthetic looking smile. For patients who have an old, broken-down amalgam (metal) filling, we can easily replace them with a white filling. Dr. Datta, Dr. Shaw or Dr. Sensenbrenner will discuss your smile makeover treatment options with you so that you can choose the treatment best for your oral health.

Very pleasant experience. I have a dental phobia and avoid going at all costs. After a less than pleasant experience with another local dentist (failed root canal), I went to Doctor Datta. First and foremost, I was impressed with the…Joshy
The team at Ridgetop Dental provided top notch treatment, service, and hospitality when I needed to get a cleaning and a filling. The front desk staff was extremely helpful and welcoming upon arrival, and I was immediately put at ease…Kevin
I cannot recommend this practice highly enough. Dr. Datta and Dr. Shaw are excellent, their work is top-notch. The office feels relaxed and peaceful and the staff is warm and welcoming.Judy

Dental Fillings What to Expect

A dental filling is a routine procedure that can typically be completed in a single visit to our Reston, VA dentist office. Patients will receive a local anesthetic for their optimal comfort. Patients with dental anxiety may choose a sedation dentistry method to help calm their anxiety. We offer sedation dentistry options that will be discussed with your dentist before treatment.

Your Reston dentist will remove the decayed or infected tooth tissue. The area will be thoroughly cleaned. The filling will be applied to the tooth and sculpted into a desirable shape for a natural looking result and comfortable bite. The material is then cured using a special light sealing out future decay.


Why choose Ridgetop Dental?

Dr. Datta and the team of dental professionals at Ridgetop Dental in Reston, VA offer a full range of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services under one roof. From disease prevention to implant dentistry, you can expect experienced oral health care delivered in a caring, personalized manner. Our office is designed with the patient experience in mind, from massage dental chairs to sedation dentistry options for anxious patients.

Dr. Datta is a leading Northern Virginia dentist for the treatment of complex dental problems and missing teeth. His advanced training and expertise help patients rebuild damaged smiles with results that are natural looking and lasting.