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. Dental 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.