Most patients will have at least one tooth cavity, or tooth decay, at some point in their lives. Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases and affects patients of all ages. Dr. Brent Moses offers a tooth filling as a conservative treatment for tooth decay in his Chesapeake, VA dentist office. Early childhood tooth decay is the number one chronic disease among children resulting in parents spending a lot of money on cavity fillings. This is why Dr. Moses offers dentistry for children and encourages parents to start bringing their children in for regular dental visits starting at age 3.
A tooth filling is the standard for treating a tooth cavity. Dr. Moses provides composite resin or porcelain/ceramic materials for the cavity filling for most natural looking restoration. Composite dental fillings can be color matched to your natural teeth for a seamless and beautiful appearance. Composite fillings are metal free and provide durable results.
Composite Resin Tooth Filling (White Filling)
Our Chesapeake, VA cosmetic dentistry office uses tooth-colored dental fillings. A “white” tooth filling is durable, attractive and highly compatible. A white filling blends in with your natural smile.
Composite fillings are bonded to your tooth structure for greater durability. Composite fillings will last many years or more with proper care and maintenance. In most cases, little or no existing tooth structure needs to be removed to install a composite resin filling compared to gold, porcelain or amalgam (silver) fillings, preserving more of the natural tooth.
Tooth Filling Process
The exact procedure for your tooth filling may vary based on the size, location and type of tooth cavity. Some small fillings can be complete with minimal preparation to the tooth and do not require anesthetic.
A composite dental filling to address tooth decay can typically be completed during a single visit to our Chesapeake, VA cosmetic dentistry office. Dr. Moses will prepare the affected tooth by removing any decay and a minimal amount of tooth structure to support the composite resin material.
The composite material is color matched to your natural teeth and placed on the surface of the tooth, then sculpted to provide a comfortable restoration that will prevent future decay. A special light seals the material, and a final surface polishing will smooth any rough edges and provide a natural luster.
Porcelain and gold tooth fillings are made in a dental laboratory and cemented into place in our dentist office. This type of tooth filling typically takes two to three appointments. The dentist may place a temporary filling on the tooth to offer protection in between visits.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have old metal fillings or suspect you need a tooth filling, contact Bayside Implant & General Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moses. Dr. Moses offers a tooth filling in the Chesapeake, VA and Virginia Beach area. We are currently welcoming new patients to our family friendly dentist office.