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Tooth Colored Fillings

Spring Dental Care

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Springfield, VA

Tooth-colored fillings don’t just protect your teeth, they’re also discrete, natural-looking, and designed to enhance the look of your smile. At Spring Dental Care in Springfield, Virginia, accomplished dentist, Jung Oh, DMD, PLC, has ample experience offering various types of dental fillings to treat cavities and other minor dental concerns. If you’re in the Springfield area and interested in quality fillings, call Spring Dental Care or click to schedule online today.

Tooth Colored Fillings Q & A

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Dental fillings can prevent further decay, restore your teeth, support your tooth structure, and fill a space. Fillings essentially work to fill a hole in your tooth, usually after the removal of tooth decay.

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that successfully and discretely blend in with your natural teeth.

Why would I need a filling?

Dr. Oh might recommend a filling if you have cavities or if you suffer from tooth decay.

Fillings can not only repair teeth worn down over time from misuse, such as teeth grinding or nail biting, but also can also fix cracked, broken, or weak teeth.

What does getting a tooth-colored filling involve?

During your appointment, Dr. Oh administers anesthetic before using special dental tools to remove the decayed tooth material. By using care and precision, Dr. Oh makes sure this part of the procedure is well-tolerated and causes very little discomfort.

After Dr. Oh has removed the decayed areas, he applies a mild acid to help the tooth-colored material bond properly to your tooth. Dr. Oh typically applies the filling material onto your tooth in small layers, using a special dental light that hardens each layer before he applies the next.

Dr. Oh makes minor alterations throughout the process to make sure your filling matches your bite.

What are the different types of fillings?

There are different types of fillings, such as:

  • Ceramics
  • Porcelain
  • Cast-gold
  • Tooth-colored (composite)
  • Glass ionomer

Indirect fillings (onlays and inlays) are similar to tooth-colored fillings, but they’re produced in a dental lab and typically necessitate a few dental visits. Tooth-colored composite fillings can usually be placed during a single appointment.

Fillings are a great option for smaller restorations. For larger restorations like a large cavity area, a crown or other prosthesis might be the most suitable option.

During your initial consultation, you have a chance to discuss your concerns and goals and determine the right type of filling for you.

What are the benefits of composite tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings provide an array of benefits and can successfully blend in with your natural teeth for optimal discretion.

Most tooth-colored fillings aren’t noticeable and can be quickly and seamlessly bonded to your tooth in a convenient in-office procedure. Dr. Oh makes sure the color of your filling is the perfect match and uses high-quality dental materials.

Fillings are an effective and lasting preventive care method and a cosmetic solution to treat minor dental concerns. To get your tooth-colored fillings and protect your oral health, book online or call Spring Dental Care.