Tooth Fillings in Bethesda
Dental Fillings | Cavity Fillings | Dental Restoration
Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic health conditions among Americans today. The good news is it’s not only preventable but easily treatable as well. For those times when cavities have appeared despite your greatest efforts at oral hygiene, we provide dental fillings as a safe, cost-effective, and aesthetic solution.
What is a dental filling?
Dental fillings do what they say they do. When we place a filling, we are actually filling in a cavity which is a small hole that has been created by tooth decay. When a hole has removed a small part of a tooth, we use a tooth filling to restore its normal anatomy. We use fillings to fill small chips caused by trauma.
Do I need a filling?
Excellent candidates for tooth fillings have tooth decay that has caused cavities or chipped or cracked teeth.
Do you have tooth-colored fillings?
Yes! We have tooth-colored fillings, and they are some of the most aesthetic restorations available today. We use high-quality materials to create natural-looking restorations that last a lifetime.
What is the difference between tooth filling material?
Fillings done at our Bethesda, MD office are made from a white composite resin that we shade to match your surrounding tooth structure. When expertly done by our skilled dentists, the filling is virtually invisible. The material we use naturally blends with your teeth and is strong and long lasting. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, composite fillings are completely safe and non-toxic.
On the other hand, some dentists use mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other metals. Fillings made with these materials are called metal fillings, also known as amalgam or silver fillings, and they can lead to health problems, so we don’t use them at our practice.
How do I know if I need a filling?
Teeth sensitivity and discomfort is the most common sign that your tooth may be suffering from tooth decay or a fracture. Schedule an appointment with us, and one of our dentists will complete a full evaluation of the teeth that are bothering you. If we find that there’s tooth decay, cracks, chips, or cavities, we recommend fillings as the best solution.
What can I do to prevent needing a filling?
The best way to avoid fillings is cavity prevention, and the best way to prevent cavities it to keep tooth decay at bay. Healthy gums and teeth rarely need a filling. The best way to maintain healthy oral hygiene is by:
- Coming in for your routine cleanings and checkups every six months.
- Brushing twice a day.
- Replacing acidic and sugary drinks with water.
- Making flossing an everyday habit.
- Not smoking.