Ted Thomas, DMD -  - General Dentistry

White Oak Dental

Ted Thomas, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Silver Spring, MD

Bacteria break down the enamel of your teeth. If it’s left untreated, it causes cavities, decay, and tooth pain. Restoration with dental fillings is a simple procedure at White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Thomas and the team use composite resin to match your teeth for a virtually undetectable repair that prevents further decay. Book your first appointment with White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, online or call the office today.

Fillings Q & A

What is a filling?

A filling is a restorative dental treatment used to treat cavities and minor to moderate tooth decay. When you get a filling, Dr. Thomas removes areas of decay and fills the hole that’s left to protect your tooth.

At White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, the team uses tooth-colored composite fillings. These fillings offer many advantages over traditional metal fillings because they’re durable and they match the color of your natural teeth.

Dental fillings are a long-term solution for cavities. A filling eliminates pain caused by a cavity and it keeps the decay from spreading. If you need a filling, it can generally be done in the same appointment as your regular dental cleaning.

What causes cavities?

A cavity is a hole in tooth enamel caused by a buildup of bacteria on the surface of your teeth. If bacteria isn’t removed with regular brushing and flossing, it can develop into plaque and hard, sticky tartar that eats away at enamel.

When enamel is destroyed by bacteria, a cavity forms. Anyone can get a cavity, but you might be more likely to develop tooth decay if you snack often or drink sugary beverages regularly.

You might have a cavity if you experience:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothache
  • Pain when you bite or chew
  • Pain from sweet, cold, or hot foods and drinks
  • White, brown, or black stain on a tooth

Small cavities may not have noticeable symptoms. Regular dental cleanings are the best way to identify cavities and protect your teeth from suffering further decay.

What is the procedure for getting a filling?

A filling is a routine dental procedure that generally takes one visit to the office. If Dr. Thomas and the team identify a cavity during your dental cleaning, they begin by thoroughly cleaning the tooth and removing all signs of decay.

Local anesthetic can be administered to help you stay comfortable during treatment, but it may not be necessary for very small cavities. Once all the decay and bacteria have been cleared away, Dr. Thomas fills the space with tooth-colored composite material.

Once the filling is shaped, the composite is hardened with a specialized curing process that uses light or heat. It takes just a few seconds and it ensures the filling will last a long time, protecting the area from future decay.

For the best in dental restoration with composite fillings, trust Dr. Thomas and the team at White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD. Request an appointment over the phone by speaking with a friendly team member or use the online booking tool now.