Repairing A Cavity Has never Been Easier
Tooth fillings are a common dental procedure that we provide to restore decayed or damaged teeth. The process involves removing the decay, cleaning the area, and filling it with a material such as metal, porcelain, or composite resin. Our dentist will protect the tooth from further damage and restore its look and function. Here, we will discuss all aspects of the tooth filling procedure including what it is, why you need it, what materials we use for fillings, the process and more.
Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry uses a tooth filling to protect and add strength to a tooth that has decay, wear, or other damage. Our Owings Mills, MD dentist provides only tooth-colored dental fillings in his dental practice. Our dental fillings are durable, attractive and highly compatible. A composite tooth filling, or white filling, bonds directly to the tooth and expands like a natural tooth. Learn about our process next.
Placing a Composite Resin Tooth Filling
These dental fillings consist of a durable, biocompatible composite resin. This resin comes in a range of tooth-colored shades to match natural teeth perfectly. Although they will not last as long as other types of dental fillings, a composite tooth filling will still last many years or more. Especially with proper care and maintenance.
Placing a dental filling is an important procedure for restoring the shape, strength, and function of a tooth. It requires skill and precision to ensure that the dentist properly places and secures the filling material. To begin, we will conduct a dental exam to find all cavities. We will locate each cavity and mark it for treatment.
Next, Dr. Ed Lazer will clean out each cavity. He will use modern dental tools and local anesthesia so that you do not feel any pain. Then, he will apply the composite resin tooth filling by hand directly to the tooth, without the aid of molds or other templates. After that, he will sculpt the resin into place and harden it with a special light. We can usually complete a resin fillings treatment in a single visit.
In most cases, our dentist will remove little to no existing tooth structure in order to install a composite resin tooth filling. This is not the case with gold, porcelain or amalgam (silver) fillings. We do our best to preserve as much of your real tooth as possible. The best part is that you can use your tooth immediately after the anesthesia wears off!
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Many patients with a traditional amalgam filling (metal filling) choose to replace their tooth filling with a comfortable and attractive cosmetic tooth filling. Some patients have sensitivity to metal in their mouth and report having a metallic taste or discomfort because of their metal dental filling.
Dr. Lazer can remove your metal dental filling and replace it with either a composite resin filling, or a porcelain Onlay or Inlay. Replacing old fillings improves your dental health, the look of your teeth, and reduces tooth sensitivity.
Visit Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD for routine dental exams, dental cleanings, tooth fillings, and more. Give our comprehensive Baltimore dentists a call at (410) 697-6290. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Owings Mills.