When Dental Fillings are Needed
By ALEXANDRIA SMILES DENTISTRY
October 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Fillings  

There is much to know about dental fillings. They strengthen teeth weakened by decay, prevent infection or decay from spreading, and restore normal biting and chewing functions. Several types of dental fillings are available to suit a wide variety of needs. Dr. Moutaz Abdeen, the exceptional dentist at Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA, can help you select the best dental filling for your needs and preferences.

When Dental Fillings are Needed

Dental fillings are needed when teeth have been compromised by infection or decay. When bacteria in the mouth breaks down tooth enamel and penetrates deeper layers of a tooth, cavities can form. These empty spaces leave teeth weaker, as well as more vulnerable to additional problems. Dental fillings are used to fill in cavities, which can strengthen teeth and restore normal functioning.

There are several signs of a possible cavity. See the experienced dentist at our office in Alexandria West if you develop any of these symptoms. Some of the signs that you might have a cavity and need a dental filling include:

  • Visible holes in a tooth
  • Pain when biting into food
  • A persistent toothache
  • A change in the color of a tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • Sensitivity to sweets

Types of Dental Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are sometimes also referred to as white fillings. A major advantage of this type of filling is that it is extremely discreet since it blends in with the surrounding tooth. Tooth-colored fillings can be made from porcelain, glass ionomer, or a composite mixture of glass and plastic. One advantage of composite fillings is that the material bonds with the natural tooth. Consequently, more healthy tooth structure can be preserved.

Dental fillings are an extremely effective option for strengthening and restoring teeth that have been weakened by infection or decay. To learn more about the different types of dental fillings and which one is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abdeen, our highly skilled dentist, by calling Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA and serving Alexandria West, Shirlington, & Bailey's Crossroads, VA at (703) 671-0626.

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