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Dental Fillings in Stone Ridge

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What Can I Do About a Cavity?

Dental caries, more commonly known as cavities, are the single most common dental issue in America. Most citizens have had at least 1 by the time they reach adulthood. Fortunately at Aldie Dental Care, they are simple enough to treat, and possibly even easier to prevent. A dental filling can treat cavities easily within an hour-long appointment. And by visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and exams every 6 months, we can help you prevent cavities altogether.

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How It Works: The Dental Filling Treatment Process

First, your mouth will be numbed using local anesthesia. Your dentist will spray your gum with a numbing agent, and use a needle to numb the nerves near the treatment area. This ensures you won’t feel any pain or discomfort throughout the treatment process.

Next, your dentist will use a dental drill to remove decayed enamel and damaged material from your tooth. Then, the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected to prepare it for your filling.

Your dentist will fill your tooth and restore its structure with a tooth-compatible material like dental resin or metal-amalgam. Once the tooth has been filled, the filling will be trimmed and adjusted to ensure that it matches your natural bite and feels comfortable.

Types of Dental Fillings

We're happy to provide options that cater to different preferences, budgets, and overall needs.

Tooth-colored dental fillings are an ideal way to fill cavities and caries because they can be matched to the color of your teeth. Similar to their metal amalgam predecessor, they are also very strong and durable. Because the front teeth are so visible, composite fillings were originally used most often for anterior teeth fillings, but they have since become the standard filling option for most cavities.

With a tooth-colored filling, your smile will look and feel completely natural. Your new filling should last 10-15 years or longer with proper care, such as regular brushing and flossing, and regular teeth cleanings and oral exams every 6 months.

Gold “fillings” are actually a type of inlay. This is a filling that requires at least two visits to place. At your first appointment, your tooth is prepared for a filling. Then, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and send it to a dental lab, where the gold filling will be cast and manufactured. You’ll wear a temporary filling to protect your tooth until your next appointment.

When your gold filling arrives at our office, we’ll schedule your final appointment. Your dentist will ensure that the filling fits properly, and bond it into place. Gold fillings are the longest-lasting type of filling, and are even more durable than metal-amalgam or “silver” fillings.

Similar to dental resin, glass ionomer has a tooth-like appearance, and provides you with a seamless dental restoration that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.

Glass ionomer is commonly used for temporary fillings, because the process of filling a tooth with glass ionomer material is very fast and simple. It is not usually used to fill teeth permanently, particularly rear teeth.

This is because compared to other treatments using dental resin, gold, and amalgam fillings, glass ionomer is less resistant to wear & tear from biting and chewing. However, glass ionomer can be used to fill front teeth permanently, in some cases.

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