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Dental Fillings Charleston, SC

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 and restoring your natural tooth for the long run. They can be used to address tooth decay, cavities and minor tooth damage. Fillings are fairly routine and, with the latest in dental technology, are not as painful. If you have decay or a damaged tooth, it is important to have it treated with a filling as soon as possible. If ignored, the compromised tooth may get worse and need a root canal or even extracted.

At West Ashley Family Dentistry, we place high quality composite 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.

Composite Resin Fillings
Composite fillings are made of a resin and plastic material and are the most popular choice for dental fillings. This is because they can be color matched to blend in with your natural teeth and are not as obvious as a metal filling. The downside is they do not last as long. They will need to be replaced in about five years although they can last longer if cared for properly.

Porcelain Fillings
Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain, a durable and aesthetically appealing material. Even though they are more expensive than most other filling options, they are also tooth colored and very stain resistant. These are typically referred to as inlays or onlays and used when the damage or decay is more significant.


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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.

One of your Charleston dentists will numb the area around the tooth being treated. Once you are comfortable, we will begin removing the decay from the tooth. We will make sure that the area is thoroughly cleaned for the best results. When the surface of the tooth is prepared, we will place 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. The result is a tooth that has restored strength and protection from future damage or decay.

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.

Why choose West Ashley Family Dentistry?