Most patients will have at least one dental caries, or cavity, at some point in their lives. Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases and affects patients of all ages. Dr. Cappy Sinclair offers tooth filling as a conservative restorative dentistry treatment for patients suffering from tooth decay in his Norfolk, VA dentist office. Dental fillings will protect from future decay and add strength to a compromised tooth.
Composite Resin Tooth Filling
Dr. Sinclair uses composite dental fillings for their safety and natural appearance. This type of dental filling is made of a durable, biocompatible composite resin that comes in a range of tooth-colored shades to match your natural teeth perfectly. They are metal-free, decay and stain-resistant, and provide durable results. Although they will not last as long as other types of dental fillings, composite tooth filling will last many years with proper care and maintenance.
In most cases, very little tooth structure will need to be removed to install a composite resin tooth filling compared to gold, porcelain, or amalgam (silver) fillings, preserving more of the natural tooth.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Do you have old, dark fillings that are impacting the appearance of your smile or breaking down and coming out? Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver/mercury fillings. Dr. Sinclair can replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with a white tooth filling for a more comfortable and natural-looking restoration.
Tooth Filling: What to Expect
This procedure is known as direct restoration because the composite material is applied directly to the tooth and sculpted into form. It is important to see a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Sinclair for the most natural-looking results that are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Dr. Sinclair uses quality materials for composite tooth fillings that are color-matched to your natural smile for an aesthetically pleasing result.
A tooth filling is completed during a single visit to our Virginia Beach, VA cosmetic dentistry office using a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth being treated to make you comfortable. In cases of tooth decay, the infection and decayed parts of the tooth will be removed from the tooth and the area will be thoroughly cleaned. A custom-colored composite resin will be placed in the affected area and smoothed to create a natural surface that will feel comfortable while protecting and strengthening your tooth.
Your new tooth-colored dental filling can last up to 15 years if you adhere to a strict oral hygiene routine. It is important to note that a tooth filling is not permanent and may require some special care or maintenance.
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 near Chesapeake VA, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. We are currently welcoming new patients to our family-friendly dentist office.