At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry, our focus is on achieving natural looking, long lasting results. Chesapeake, VA cosmetic dentist Dr. Cappy Sinclair uses tooth colored dental fillings to protect teeth and add strength and durability for natural looking results. “White” dental fillings are made of a durable, biocompatible composite resin which comes in a range of tooth colored shades to perfectly match your natural teeth. Tooth colored dental fillings have become the standard in modern dentistry.
What is a Dental Filling?
A dental filling is used as part of a conservative treatment plan aimed at preserving the natural tooth at our Virginia Beach, VA dentist office. This restorative treatment is one of the most commonly performed dental treatments in our office. Dr. Sinclair will use a filling when a tooth is weakened because of minor cracks, chips, breaks, tooth decay or other reasons. The cavity filling is intended to not just restore strength, but to protect the tooth from future damage or decay.
A cavity is a small hole in the tooth that is caused by decay that eats away at part of the tooth. If a cavity, or any other type of minor tooth damage is left untreated, the bacteria in the tooth will cause the cavity to progress and damage the tooth even more.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Dr. Sinclair can replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel. With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin.
What to Expect
The first step is for Dr. Sinclair to numb the area around the tooth that he will be treating. This will ensure your comfort during the procedure. A dental drill will be used to gently remove any decayed or damaged part of the tooth. Once your tooth is decay, bacteria and debris free, he will place the filling. When the composite paste enters the cavity, it will mold to the exact shape of the cavity. Using a bright ultraviolet light, Dr. Sinclair will cure the filling, a process that will harden the resin material very quickly. Composite resin fillings are very durable and have the ability to last up to 15 years with proper oral hygiene.
Visit Our Chesapeake, VA Dentist Office
The foundation for long term dental health is routine dental care. Identifying problems in the early stages allows us to recommend the most conservative methods for treatment, preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible and saving you from potentially expensive and uncomfortable procedures.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have old metal fillings or suspect you need a dental filling, contact Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sinclair. He offers tooth fillings in Norfolk VA, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. We are currently welcoming new patients to our family friendly dentist office.