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Tooth Filling Bel Air, MD

Tooth FillingAn Overview

A cavity filling is one of the most common restorative dentistry treatments used today to address tooth decay or tooth damage. Dr. Melissa Elliott will place a tooth filling in her Bel Air, MD dentist office to restore dental health and prevent further tooth damage. For patients with mild to moderate decay, a tooth filling are a safe, effective and comfortable dental treatment.

What is a Dental Filling?

A tooth filling is part of a conservative treatment plan used to save the natural tooth. This restorative treatment is used when a tooth is weakened because of cracks, chips, breaks, tooth cavity or other reasons. The filling is intended to not just restore strength, but to protect the tooth from future damage or decay.

Replacing Metal Dental Fillings

Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver/mercury fillings or metal margins around the gum line. Dr. Elliott is able to replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with white fillings for a more comfortable and natural looking restoration.

Your old dental filling can be removed and replaced. Replacing metal fillings with white dental fillings can restore your smiles natural aesthetics and improve your oral health.

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Tooth Filling What to Expect

Composite Resin (White Fillings)

Our Bel Air, MD cosmetic dentistry office uses only tooth-colored dental fillings. “White” dental fillings are durable, attractive and highly compatible. A white filling will blend in seamlessly with your natural smile.

Composite fillings are bonded to your tooth structure for greater durability. Though they are not as long-lasting as other types of fillings, composite fillings will last many years or more with proper care and maintenance.

In most cases, little or no existing tooth structure needs to be removed to install a composite resin filling compared to gold, porcelain or amalgam (silver) fillings, preserving more of the natural tooth.

Tooth Filling Process

In most cases, your dental filling can be placed during a single visit to our Bel Air, MD dentist office. Using a local anesthetic for your comfort, Dr. Elliott will prepare the affected tooth and clean all surfaces before skillfully placing the composite resin material and sculpting it into place.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are custom made porcelain dental fillings that are fabricated in a dental lab. This type of tooth filling, sometimes called a partial crown, is used to restore a tooth with more advanced tooth decay with larger areas of damage or decay.

This is a more conservative treatment than a tooth extraction and more secure than a traditional tooth filling. Inlays and onlays are tooth colored and will resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.

Schedule a Dental Exam Today

If you have old metal fillings or suspect you need a dental filling, contact Harford County Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliott. Dr. Elliott offers tooth colored dental fillings in the Bel Air, MD and Fallston, MD area. We are currently welcoming new patients to our family friendly dentist office.

Tooth Filling FAQs

Why do I need a dental filling?

Dental fillings are generally used as a cavity filling, to provide protection and stability to teeth affected by decay. A dental filling may also be used to restore teeth after a root canal procedure. Dental fillings may also be used to treat teeth that have small chips or breaks.

Do I need a dental filling, an inlay or onlay?

Dr. Elliott will complete an evaluation to determine what type of dental filling is right for you. In most cases, a composite dental filling is used for minor tooth decay or other damage. An inlay or onlay is used for more significant tooth decay, to replace large old fillings, and in other cases that don’t warrant a dental crown.

Are dental fillings painful?

Many patients avoid the dentist because they fear their procedure will be painful, expensive or complicated. Dental fillings, inlays and onlays are relatively simple procedures. Most patients do not experience any pain during the procedure, though some report mild sensitivity.