General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC
Fillings do a great job at treating cavities and preventing further decay, but they’re also good at making dark blemishes on an otherwise beautiful smile. At Sokoly Dental, Thomas D. Sokoly, DDS, and the team use tooth-colored fillings so your mouth can stay healthy without sacrificing its natural beauty. To learn more about how Sokoly Dental can improve your smile with a tooth-colored filling, schedule an appointment today by calling the Washington D.C. office or booking online.
Tooth Colored Filling Q & A
What’s a filling?
A filling is a dental procedure the Sokoly Dental team performs to fill in and seal off a hole in your tooth. They’re most frequently performed in order to treat cavities caused by tooth decay.
Fillings can also be used in other situations as well, like filling in the access hole drilled into your tooth during a root canal procedure.
“Filling” refers to both the process of filling the hole in your tooth and to the dental material used in that process.
What are tooth-colored fillings made from?
Fillings used to be made exclusively from silver or gold, which are strong and reliable substances but aren’t aesthetically pleasing.
The team at Sokoly Dental prefers to treat their patients with tooth-colored materials like composite resin and porcelain.
Composite resin and porcelain keep your tooth happy by effectively sealing up any holes and preventing further decay, but they also blend in with the natural color of your teeth, ensuring that your smile remains cosmetically intact.
How do I know if I need a filling?
Some of the indications you have a cavity that requires filling include:
- Spontaneous pain in your tooth
- Increased sensitivity in your tooth
- Bad breath
- Pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold, or sweet
- Visible holes in the surface of your teeth
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Sokoly Dental. The team can take X-rays and examine your mouth to determine if you have tooth decay that needs to be filled.
What’s the process for getting a tooth-colored filling?
When you come in to Sokoly Dental for your tooth-colored filling, the team first numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic.
Once you’re numb, they use a high-powered drill to remove all the decay. They then clean and sterilize your mouth to ensure it’s free of bacteria and fill in your cleaned-out cavity with a tooth-colored filling material.
Finally, the team shines a special curing light on the filling that accelerates the hardening process.
To learn more about how the Sokoly Dental team can improve your smile with a tooth-colored filling, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.