Dentist filling the patient's tooth


What are fillings, and how do they restore the smile after decay?

Dental fillings are used to restore a tooth with cavities. Fillings can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-colored composite resin. At Piney Orchard Dental we exclusively place the tooth-colored composite resin fillings, which are safe, effective, and aesthetic. Fillings are usually placed in the hole left behind by the removal of the decayed tooth tissues and then sealed to prevent further decay. At Piney Orchard Dental of Odenton, Maryland, patients can work with Dr. Trevor Greene to determine if they could benefit from the placement of dental fillings. 

Do I need a cavity filling?

Fillings are not always necessary after decay has been removed. The dentist may simply seal the tooth with a dental adhesive or crown in some cases. During an evaluation, our dentist will decide on the situation at hand and whether or not white fillings are appropriate.

What material are fillings made with?

The type of dental filling you receive will depend greatly on several factors, including the size and location of the decay, your personal preference, and the dentist’s recommendation. However, the material most used in dental fillings is composite resin. Silver amalgam fillings have been found to be highly noticeable in the smile and many have concerns due to the presence of mercury. As a result, we avoid the use of silver amalgam fillings and instead utilize tooth-colored resin materials.

What can I expect when I’m getting a dental filling?

The process of placing a filling is relatively simple and can be completed in just one visit to our dental office. First, local anesthesia numbs the area and keeps you comfortable during treatment. The tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the filling. Then, the composite resin bonding material will be placed in the cavity and shaped to fit seamlessly within your smile. Once the filling is in place, it will be hardened or cured with a special light. You’ll then be able to leave our office and resume your normal activities following this appointment.

Call Piney Orchard Dental of Odenton, Maryland, today!

If you have cavities, be sure to visit your dentist so they can determine the best way to restore your tooth. Fillings are a common, affordable, and effective treatment for cavities, and they can help you keep your smile healthy and bright.

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