Dental fillings typically used to restore tooth cavities, but can be also used to repair broken, cracked or worn teeth. In our Virginia Beach dental office, a white dental filling is the most common type of restoration. Dr. Moses may select composite resin or porcelain/ceramic materials for the most natural looking restoration.
Why White Fillings
Most patients today prefer “white” fillings because they are indistinguishable from natural teeth. For a tooth with minimal decay or damage, Dr. Moses may use a composite resin filling. For a tooth with more significant decay or damage, he may recommend a porcelain filling. The greater the damage to the tooth, the stronger the material needed to restore its strength and stability.
About the Procedure
The exact procedure for your tooth filling may vary based on the size, location and type of tooth filling. Some small fillings can be complete with minimal preparation to the tooth and do not require anesthetic.
First, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any existing fillings and creating a stable foundation for the new filling. Resin fillings can be complete in one visit. Dr. Moses will place the composite resin on the tooth and cure it with a special light.
Porcelain and gold tooth fillings are made in a dental laboratory and cemented into place in our Virginia Beach dentist office. This type of filling typically takes two to three appointments. The dentist may place a temporary filling on the tooth to offer protection in between visits.
Dental Filling FAQs
What is the best type of filling?
There is no-one-size-fits-all solution. Dr. Moses will evaluate your condition and recommend the best choice for your situation. Most commonly, we recommend “white fillings” made of either composite resin or ceramic material for a natural looking restoration.
Do you fix broken fillings?
Yes. If you have a lost or broken filling, contact our Virginia Beach dental office to schedule an appointment. We make all attempts to see patients for dental emergencies on the same day.
Can you replace my metal fillings with white fillings?
Many patients visit our Virginia Beach dental office to have their old fillings replaced. Unsightly metal fillings can be replaced with a porcelain inlays and onlays or in some cases, a dental crown will be the best solution.