If you have a decayed tooth, a dental filling will repair the damage and protect your tooth from further harm. Fillings, when applied early, can completely halt the progression of tooth decay and restore your smile. Don't wait until you have a toothache. If you suspect that you may have a cavity, come in for a consultation at Morrison Cosmetic Dentistry to see if you need a filling. Make an appointment at our Chevy Chase or Gaithersburg office today.
Dental fillings are typically used to restore teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay, but can also be used to repair teeth that have been cracked or damaged by oral trauma.
The materials used to create dental restorations can vary, but the process of filling your tooth is the same no matter which material you choose. Dr. Morrison will begin by removing any decayed or damaged tooth material around the affected area to prepare it for the filling.
Next, the treatment area will be filled with the restoration material. If you are receiving a composite filling, the material used to fill your tooth is soft and malleable at first. Dr. Morrison will shape it to fill up your tooth and restore the outer chewing surface. Then, the material sets, and it may be trimmed further, if required. If you are receiving a gold onlay or inlay, the pliable gold foil will be gently compressed into your tooth layer by layer, using specialized dental tools.
A wide variety of different materials can be used to fill a cavity. Amalgam was the most popular material in the past. It’s a blend of a number of different metals like tin, silver, copper and mercury. Because mercury can be dangerous, we do not offer amalgam fillings at our office.
The most popular material used in dental restorations today is called dental composite. With composite fillings, your tooth will be filled with a tooth-colored dental resin. The result is a strong, easy-to-work-with material that looks and feels just like part of your natural tooth. Porcelain can also be used for dental restorations. These types of restorations are called “inlays,” and they are somewhat different than a filling. They’re “indirect restorations,” which means that they are made outside of the mouth, then bonded into place during another appointment.
At our office, we recommend gold work for restorative dentistry due to its strength, durability and flexibility. Gold fillings are also biocompatible and minimally invasive. Call today to schedule a consultation to discuss which type of filling is right for you and your dental health needs!
There are some safety concerns about metal-amalgam fillings. Mercury, which is found in amalgam fillings, is toxic to humans. While amalgam may only be harmful in rare cases, many patients still would prefer to avoid having this metal in their mouths.
Beyond that, amalgam simply does not offer good cosmetic results. It’s durable and strong, but it makes the treated tooth look grayish and discolored. At Morrison Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we want you to always feel proud of how your smile looks. That’s why we’re an amalgam-free office. We believe that alternative materials like gold, ceramic, and composite materials offer far superior results. Come see us at our Chevy Chase and Gaithersburg offices today!