Dental Fillings Frederick, MD
When a tooth is affected by irreversible decay, a filling will be used to correct the issue. Receiving a filling is a simple dental procedure that involves removing the decay with a dental drill, and filling in the tooth with a filling medium like composite resin or amalgam. Fillings are typically long lasting dental restorations that have the ability to return a tooth to perfect health.
If you experience discomfort or pain in your teeth or mouth, please call us today at (301) 662-5914 so that we can diagnose the issue right away. Time is of the essence when dealing with problems in the mouth and the faster we can catch a problem, the better our chances of resolving it.
Reasons for FillingsWhen plaque or tartar are left to build up on teeth the bacteria that make them up can start to feed on the tooth itself. Enamel makes up the outer layer of the tooth and is a very strong barrier. With enough time and neglect bacteria can break through the enamel of the tooth and begin to feed on the dentin, which is the layer directly below the enamel.
Neglect is the chief cause of cavities among children and adults in the US. In order to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth it is important to brush thoroughly, at least two times a day. Brushing should last at least two minutes and ought to be done after meals. Flossing once a day is another vital tool in the fight against cavities. Finally, we recommend that you see us at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings so that we can stay abreast of your dental health and make you aware of any issues that we see.
Amalgam FillingsAmalgam fillings are what people think of when they hear the word “filling”. Metallic or silver in color, amalgam is the most commonly used filling material on earth and is made of a mixture of silver, tin, copper, mercury and a variety of other materials.
Amalgam fillings are extremely long lasting and are the cheapest option available when it comes to filling materials. Amalgam fillings require a larger portion of the tooth to be removed than other filling materials so they are only an option on the premolars and molars. Because amalgam fillings are silver in color they stand out against your natural teeth and are not aesthetically pleasing.
Today, many people opt to forego amalgam fillings in favor of composite fillings, which do just as good a job at protecting your teeth and are virtually invisible in your mouth.
Composite FillingsComposite fillings are picking up the torch that amalgam fillings have been carrying. More and more people every year choose composite fillings over amalgam, which is a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Composite fillings are made with a mixture of plastic, glass, and resin.
Composite fillings are capable of successful applications in much smaller applications than amalgam. They are a long lasting, durable solution to dental fillings and they offer a pleasing aesthetic that not many other filling options can.
The composite resin that we use for fillings can also be applied to teeth that have cracked or fractured in order to fill in the gaps. This application of composite resin is called dental bonding. Dental bonding offers our patients a cost effective solution to restoring a chipped or cracked tooth to its original beauty.
Please call our office today at (301) 662-5914 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing your beautiful smile.