Cavities are one of the most common dental problems for patients of all ages, and tooth-colored fillings remain one of the most effective ways to treat them. If you have a cavity, schedule an appointment for a filling with Subha Yerabollu, DDS, at Prime Family Dentistry in Chantilly, Virginia. Dr. Yerabollu can make your smile healthy again and keep it looking great with a tooth-colored filling. Book your visit today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.
A tooth-colored filling is a dental procedure that Dr. Yerabollu at Prime Family Dentistry performs to fill in and seal off a hole in your tooth. The most common use of a filling is to treat cavities caused by tooth decay, one of the most common dental conditions.
Fillings used to be made exclusively from silver or gold, which are strong and reliable substances but aren’t aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Yerabollu prefers to treat patients with composite resin fillings that match the color of natural teeth, which ensures your smile remains cosmetically unscathed.
Tooth-colored fillings keep your tooth healthy by sealing up holes caused by cavities and preventing further decay.
Silver and gold fillings also require the removal of much more of your natural tooth structure than a tooth-colored filling does, meaning your tooth-colored filling enables Dr. Yerabollu to leave more of your natural smile untouched.
Some of the indications that you have a cavity that requires filling include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Prime Family Dentistry. Dr. Yerabollu can take digital X-rays and examine your mouth to determine if you have tooth decay that needs treatment with a filling before it becomes a larger issue that may require a crown or, in the worst case, an extraction.
When you visit Prime Family Dentistry for your tooth-colored filling, Dr. Yerabollu first numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. If you’re feeling anxious about the procedure, she also offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) before the anesthetic injection to make you more comfortable and relaxed.
Once numb, she uses a high-powered drill to remove all of your tooth decay. She then cleans and sterilizes your mouth to ensure that it’s free of bacteria, and fills in your cleaned-out cavity with a tooth-colored filling material. Finally, she shines a special curing light on the filling that accelerates the hardening process.
To learn more about how Prime Family Dentistry can improve your smile with tooth-colored fillings, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.