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If detected and treated early, most modest-sized cavities can be repaired with a simple filling. There are several factors that contribute to the material your dentist, Dr. Dr. Neil Charaipotra, suggests for the filling. The primary purpose of the tooth, the size of the cavity and its relationship to your smile are all factored into the recommendation.

Composite fillings are made from a resin material that can be color matched and placed in a single appointment.

Porcelain-ceramic fillings can be shaded to match the color of your natural tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for filling cavities on a visible tooth in your smile. The final fillings will need to be prepared by a professional dental lab, thus requiring a second appointment.

The biting surface on premolars and molars primarily do a lot of grinding and chewing. This calls for a filling made from a durable material, like gold. Just like porcelain fillings, gold inlays and onlays need to be custom made in a dental lab and cemented in place during a second appointment.

Amalgam fillings are less expensive than gold, yet they are just as durable. Amalgam is often dark in color, so it is rarely used to fill a cavity in a spot that is visible in your smile.

If you notice a problem area on one of your teeth, you should call Northern Virginia Dental Associates as soon as possible at 703.451.8332 to set up an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Dr. Neil Charaipotra. We are happy to help you with dental fillings in Springfield, Virginia.