Dental FillingsAn Overview
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. For patients who have old metal fillings, especially in their smile zone, they may consider having them replaced with white dental fillings. White fillings are a more aesthetic alternative that offers equal durability and protection from future decay.
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. Never attempt to replace a filling by yourself. Dr. Hoffert will repair the damaged tooth and restoration.
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Dental Fillings What to Expect
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.