Dental FillingsAn Overview
Chances are you will experience a dental filling at some point in your life. Dental fillings are an important part of maintaining your natural smile for the long run and can be used to address tooth decay, cavities and minor tooth damage.
At West Ashley Family Dentistry, we place high quality ceramic resin and porcelain dental fillings in our Charleston dentist office to restore the health and integrity of your tooth with natural looking results. We can also replace old, dark fillings with new white fillings for a smile makeover that will improve long term oral health.
Dental Fillings What to Expect
The dental filling procedure is generally quick and produces minimal discomfort. If you experience dental anxiety, we can discuss the use of dental sedation for your treatment to make it relaxing and pain free.
We will begin by removing the decay and cleaning the area before preparing the surface for the placement of the filling material. Once the composite material is in place, it will be sculpted to create a natural look and feel, blending with your tooth and smile.
The final step is to permanently cure the filling with a special light and polish it for a natural luster.
Inlays and Onlays
For decay affecting a significant portion of the tooth or a larger tooth, we may recommend the use of an inlay or onlay. Also known as a “partial crown”, these two indirect restorations can strengthen and preserve your natural tooth with beautiful results.
Inlays and onlays are typically made from a high quality ceramic material such as porcelain for long lasting results. Using E4D technology, we can place your inlay or onlay during a single visit.