Virginia Beach dentists Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley place natural looking and durable tooth colored fillings at Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry. A dental filling in Virginia Beach can serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes, treating tooth decay, damage and minor imperfections. Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley use quality materials for composite dental fillings that are color matched to your natural smile for an aesthetically pleasing result. Composite resin fillings are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. These types of tooth fillings are less noticeable than other materials.
Dental fillings are a conservative treatment option. They can help restore a damaged tooth back to normal function and shape. When caught early, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling avoiding a potential tooth extraction. A dental filling can also be used to repair chipped, fractured, or worn teeth. The goal of dental fillings is to protect the tooth from any further damage and preserve the natural tooth to support your long term oral health.
Schedule A Dental Exam
If you have old metal fillings or suspect you need a dental filling, contact Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley. They offer tooth fillings in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach.
We are currently welcoming new patients to our family friendly dentist office. Give us a call at (757) 453-7657, or request an appointment online today.
Dental Fillings What to Expect
Although many patients become slightly anxious at the thought of a dental filling, it is a relatively simple procedure that should produce minimal discomfort with the use of a local anesthetic. A dental filling is typically completed during a single visit to our VA Beach dentist office. In cases of tooth decay, the infection will be removed from the tooth and the area will be thoroughly cleaned. A custom colored composite resin will be carefully placed in the affected area and smoothed to create a natural surface that will feel comfortable while protecting and strengthening your tooth.
Once the filling material is placed it will be cured using a special light and then polished for a smooth texture and natural luster. This will provide you a natural looking and comfortable surface for normal chewing and speaking. One of the key benefits of composite fillings is that they create a tight seal that prevents future decay and infection. Your tooth filling should last for many years with good oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Do you have old, dark fillings that are impacting the appearance of your smile or breaking down and coming out? Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley can replace these fillings with new, white fillings for a quick smile makeover that will also improve your dental health. Many patients with a traditional amalgam filling (metal filling) are choosing to replace them with white fillings to fix their smile. Some patients have sensitivity to metal in their mouth and report having a metallic taste or discomfort because of their metal dental filling. Replacing old fillings can not only improve the integrity of your dental health, but provide an instant smile makeover.
Composite fillings (white fillings) can last between 5 to 10 years. Amalgam (metal) fillings can last between 10 to 15 years. Gold fillings can last between 15 to 30 years. This is the general consensus in the dental community and has been proven with research. Yes, you should get your filling replaced periodically. The specific lifespan of your filling will depend on how well you take care of them and how well your general dental hygiene routine is.
Tooth sensitivity after a dental filling is a natural and temporary symptom of the procedure. It will go away in a couple of days, and not everyone experiences this symptom. Tooth sensitivity occurs because when we clean out the cavity and expose healthy tooth enamel, the enamel is responding to exposure to the elements. After filling the cavity, the enamel needs a little time to get used to the filling material as well as the exposure.