Most patients will receive a dental filling at some point in their lives to address tooth decay and “fill” a cavity. Dental fillings can also serve restorative purposes and be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth. These are known as indirect fillings and can include inlays, onlays and dental veneers. Dr. Maria Benefield places dental fillings for patients of all ages in her Sandy Springs dentist office using a range of materials to suit your dental health needs and cosmetic goals.
Dental Fillings: What To Expect
Dr. Benefield will recommend the appropriate filling material for the location and size of your affected tooth. In general, Dr. Benefield recommends the use of a white filling for both aesthetics and a lasting result. Made from a resin compound custom matched to your natural tooth color, a white filling will blend with your smile and restore dental health. Dr. Benefield can replace old, dark fillings with white fillings, often providing an instant smile makeover.
A dental filling procedure causes minimal discomfort and Dr. Benefield and her staff will make every effort to ensure that you are relaxed during treatment. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the affected area while the tooth is prepared and the filling is placed. Once complete, Dr. Benefield will make any necessary adjustments for fit and polish the surface for a smooth, comfortable result.
Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are used to address tooth decay in larger teeth, such as the molars, and to repair tooth damage. The multi step process for placing one of these indirect restorations is similar to that of a dental crown. Dr. Benefield will begin the process with dental impressions which are used in the design and fabrication of a custom, ceramic or porcelain restoration. Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays provide lasting results that will improve the integrity of your natural tooth and blend with your natural smile.
Schedule An Appointment
Tooth pain, increased sensitivity or a change in the color of you tooth can indicate the possibility of tooth decay. In most cases, a dental filling can restore lasting dental health. If you are concerned you may have tooth decay or have chipped or cracked teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Benefield in our Atlanta area dentist office. Contact us at (404) 445-1104 or use our online request form and we will contact you shortly.