What is a filling?

A filling is a basic restoration used to repair a tooth that has suffered minor to moderate decay or damage. When the damage is not extensive enough to require a crown, our dentists may recommend a dental filling in Woodbridge, Virginia. To improve the health and function of the tooth, we first remove the decayed portion. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth, we fill the tooth with the chosen filling material to restore its shape and strength. Dr. Niles and Dr. Niles-Smith carefully shape the filling to match the contours of the tooth, then harden the restoration with a special light. A dental filling can be completed in just one appointment to our office unless multiple teeth need to be restored.

What is the difference between amalgam and composite fillings?

There are two main types of fillings available: amalgam and composite. Amalgam (silver) fillings are made of a mixture of metal and are silver in color. Composite (white) fillings, on the other hand, are made from composite resin and are matched to your natural tooth color to blend in with your smile. Our dentists will help you determine which type of filling will most benefit your smile.

To learn more about fillings and how we can improve your smile, we invite you to contact us today at Niles Dental.