A dental filling is used to restore a tooth that has been affected by tooth decay or other damage. The filling will restore function and esthetics to the tooth as well as provide protection against future problems.
There are many choices in material for dental fillings. Dr. Hoffert will help you choose the restoration that is best for you. Generally, Dr. Hoffert will a recommend a “white” filling. These restorations are made of porcelain or resin materials and have the most tooth-like appearance.
About the Procedure
Depending on the type of filling, Dr. Hoffert may restore your tooth in one or two visits.
A composite resin filling generally requires only one visit. A resin material is selected in a shade to match the color of your teeth. It is placed directly on the tooth and sculpted into form. A special light is used to cure the material. Resin fillings typically last five or more years.
The process for porcelain or gold restorations (inlays or onlays) usually requires two visits. The first visit involves the examination and tooth preparation. Dr. Hoffert will take impressions of the tooth (or teeth) and create a model for the permanent restoration. A temporary filling may be placed over the tooth while the final restoration is being made in a dental laboratory. In about 2 weeks, you will return to have the permanent restoration placed.
Broken Tooth Fillings
If you have a missing or broken dental filling, it is important to contact our Asheville dental office as soon as possible. Dr. Hoffert will provide prompt attention to repair the damaged tooth and restoration.
Please call us at 800.788.9411 or request an appointment online.