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Fillings Specialist

Premium Family Dental

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Krispy Kreme Shopping Center, Alexandria, VA

Cavities are a threat to your dental health, but fillings can ease your mind and help protect your natural teeth. At Premium Family Dental, dentists Vu Nguyen, DDS, and Keehong Kwon, DDS, provide different types of quality fillings and individualized dental services in Alexandria, Virginia. The right filling can enhance the aesthetics and function of your smile. Book online or call Premium Family Dental today.

Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

Fillings are a dental treatment specially designed to fill a hole in your tooth, typically after your dentist has removed tooth decay. Fillings can prevent tooth decay, support your tooth structure, and restore your tooth.

Premium Family Dental offers different types of custom fillings and can help you decide if a filling is the right treatment for you.

What are the different types of fillings?

You can choose from different types of fillings, such as:

  • Glass ionomer
  • Silver
  • Porcelain

White fillings or composite fillings might be the right option to discreetly blend in with your natural teeth. White fillings are typically derived from plastic and ceramic compounds. 

Fillings are a great choice for smaller restorations. In some instances, such as to treat a larger cavity area, you might need a dental crown or other prosthesis.

Why would I need a filling?

Your dentist might recommend a filling if you have cavities or if you suffer from tooth decay. Cavities are permanently damaged areas that develop into tiny holes or openings in the hard surface of your teeth. Smoking, a poor diet, poor dental hygiene, and other factors can increase your risk of developing cavities.

Fillings can also fix cracked, broken, or weak teeth and repair teeth worn down over time from misuse, such as teeth grinding and nail biting.

What’s involved with a filling?

Your dentist can usually place your filling during one convenient appointment.

When you receive a filling at Premium Family Dental, your dentist starts by administering an anesthetic before removing any decayed tooth material with special dental tools. 

To help the filling material bond to your tooth, your dentist applies a mild dental acid. The filling is usually applied onto your tooth in several layers utilizing a special dental light that hardens it. Your dentist makes minor adjustments throughout the process and ensures your new filling perfectly matches your bite.

Fillings are a cosmetic solution and a lasting and effective preventive care method for certain minor dental problems. If you’re interested in a dental filling, visit Premium Family Dental and schedule online or call today.