Composite Fillings in Falls Church
Areas of decay on a tooth are called cavities or dental caries and are the result of damage from acid and harmful oral bacteria. Once the enamel is compromised, problems can spread to the nerves and soft tissues inside teeth. Receiving dental fillings is one of the best ways to have the effects of cavities addressed and preserve your smile’s natural health and beauty in the long term.
At the Falls Church office of Robert A. Morabito, DDS, we provide white fillings for patients experiencing cavities. This restorative option promotes improved dental health and a seamless aesthetic.
Tooth-Colored Fillings from Dr. Morabito
To ensure you are comfortable during treatment, Dr. Morabito first numbs the affected area. He then carefully and precisely removes sites of decay and restores dental structure through the use of liquid resin. After undergoing a curing process, the composite resin material hardens, and the result is a filling that does not have a grey or dark appearance but resembles the natural shade of nearby teeth.
Composite fillings form a secure bond with the surrounding tooth structure, strengthening overall function and health. Since this material adheres to teeth so well, less preparation is required for a white filling to be placed. For patients receiving a filling for the first time, Dr. Morabito uses the state-of-the-art Waterlase dental laser to prepare the site. This technology gives our dentist unparalleled precision during the procedure and promotes stress-free, comfortable experiences for our patients.
Composite or Amalgam Fillings?
If you received a dental filling many years ago, it was likely made from amalgam. While the metals used in these fillings are resilient enough to offer long-term protection, they do not resemble natural teeth like composite resin. Patients with amalgam fillings also report greater sensitivity to hot and cold.
As it relates to patient safety, dental amalgam does contain mercury. While the small amount present in fillings are not toxic, many prefer to avoid exposure and opt instead for biocompatible, tooth-colored composite.
Ask us about Treatment for Cavities!
Whether it’s been many years since you’ve visited a dentist or you are currently dealing with a persistent toothache, being assessed for cavities may be the first step in achieving lasting oral health. To learn more about cavity treatment and the benefits of white fillings, contact our Falls Church dental office today and schedule your next exam with Dr. Morabito.