Team Dental Group

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Filling of Broken, Cracked, Chipped Teeth

A dental filling is used to treat missing or damaged tooth structure caused by tooth decay or injury. The material bonds to the natural tooth structure and helps prevent decay from forming again in the treated tooth area.

When Do I Need a Filling?

When a tooth cracks or is broken, bacteria can enter the damaged area and cause an infection. If the infection goes untreated, it can spread to the jawbone and cause swelling and pain. It is important to see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.

Patients may be able to receive a filling during a single appointment. However, sometimes patients require multiple appointments to complete a complex procedure such as root canal therapy or the placement of a bridge. Patients who only require a filling may not need to undergo anesthesia prior to the procedure. However, patients who undergo sedation dentistry will need to arrange for someone to drive them home after the procedure to prevent unsafe driving conditions.

Types of Fillings

There are many different types of fillings, and our dentist will determine which type is best for you after considering your dental health needs and long-term oral goals. The main types of fillings are amalgam, composite resin, glass ionomer, porcelain, and gold. Each has advantages and disadvantages in terms of durability and price. 

Porcelain fillings are considered the most aesthetically pleasing type of filling, although they tend to be more expensive than composite resin or amalgam. Gold is the most expensive option but is also resistant to corrosion.

Procedure for Getting a Filling

Getting a filling is a common procedure and is often done in just one visit to the dentist. The dentist will first numb the area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, we will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and clean the area of any debris before filling the missing structure with composite resin or another restoration material. 

This restores the tooth to its original shape and protects it from further damage. You may need to have a crown placed over the tooth if the damage is too extensive.

For more information, contact our Alexandria dental office at (703) 823-2848 or 5130 Duke St, Suite 8, Alexandria, VA 22304, or our Manassas dental office at (703) 479-7654 or 8608 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110.

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5130 Duke St, Suite 8, Alexandria, VA 22304

Phone: (703) 823-2848

  • MON - WED9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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8608 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110

Phone: (703) 479-7654

  • MON9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • WED - FRI9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SAT7:00 am - 1:00 pm
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