A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and so forth. In just one appointment, the decayed or otherwise affected portion of the tooth will be removed, and the remaining space will be cleaned and filled. If your tooth has a cavity, Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback may recommend a dental filling in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. When choosing what material you would like, consulting with our dentists is strongly recommended. Composite fillings, made of plastic and glass materials, are white-colored and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, cracked, or worn down teeth. Amalgam fillings, or silver fillings, are made of a mixture of metals, including silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. They are durable and are cheaper than composite fillings.
As with most dental restorations, dental fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, they often last for many years, and provide you with a fully restored smile.
We welcome you to contact Sweeney Utterback Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.