High-Quality Composite Dental Fillings in Marietta
As an experienced family dentist in Marietta, Dr. Shaila Mohip-Chahwala understands the importance of brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings for good oral health. Unfortunately, even the most dedicated among us could require dental fillings for cavities or tooth decay. And at Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, fillings are nothing to fear. Our gentle and patient approach to your family’s dental treatment aims to remedy small dental issues – such as cavities – before they become big issues.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are used to seal the small holes, called cavities, that form due to tooth decay. If cavities are left untreated, bacteria can develop in these holes and potentially spread to the nerve tissue in the root canal. This can result in gum disease. From tooth loss to root canal treatment, there are many reasons why you want to resolve such issues early, before it advances.
Thankfully, Dr. Mohip and the team at Shining Smiles can treat these cavities at our Marietta dental office. We offer a number of dental filling materials to ensure our patients are free to show off their smiles. The following types of dental fillings are our most popular options.
- Composite fillings – Tooth-colored fillings made of synthetic resins. Composite fillings bond to the tooth for a durable and natural result.
- Porcelain fillings – Natural fillings that match the color of your teeth. Porcelain fillings are sturdy and unlikely to stain.
- Amalgam fillings – The classic silver fillings that are durable but also noticeable. We only use amalgam fillings in limited cases.
Why Would I Need a Filling?
If tooth decay has broken through the enamel, you will need a filling to prevent further damage. You may experience some pain from tooth decay, but it is most likely to be discovered during routine oral exams and your dental teeth cleaning.
Dental fillings are also used where teeth are uneven, or where structure has been lost. The filling is used to create an even layer that prevents excessive amounts of plaque from accumulating.
In cases where you have cracked or broken a tooth, a filling could repair the damage. Using a tooth-colored filling can mean that you keep your natural smile while still being protected from cavities.
The Dental Filling Procedure
At Shining Smiles, we are dedicated to providing a comfortable and considerate experience. If you feel uneasy about a dental filling treatment, Dr. Mohip will put you at ease with her patient and gentle approach.
While the dental filling treatments may vary depending on the issue, they typically follow certain steps.
- The tooth is prepared for treatment and a gel is applied.
- The resin is then applied to the gel, allowing it to bond to the tooth.
- The resin can then be sculpted, hardened and trimmed to provide a natural finish.
Common Questions About Dental Fillings
Common signs include a visible hole in your tooth, a chipped tooth, toothache, a change in tooth sensitivity, pain while eating, a lost or broken filling or a rough patch on a tooth. Contact us if you experience any of these signs.
Fillings are used to repair decaying teeth and restore functionality. While tooth-colored fillings made from porcelain or composite materials are most common, amalgam (metal) fillings are still used in some instances.
At Shining Smiles, we use tooth-colored fillings almost exclusively, as they are most aesthetically pleasing and hold up well over time.
Fillings are used to repair areas of a tooth that have been damaged due to decay. When getting a filling, you’ll have your decaying tooth matter removed, your tooth cleaned out and then your filling placed. It’s a simple, straightforward process with little pain or discomfort.