Tooth decay is the most common dental health concern experienced by patients of all ages. Cavities, although mostly preventable, remain a growing health epidemic. Treating tooth decay as soon as it begins to develop can prevent a domino effect of subsequent dental health issues.
Visiting Fairfax, VA East Market Dental at least twice a year a for an oral health exam and teeth cleaning can help prevent the development of tooth decay. If tooth decay is present, Dr. Sareen can diagnose the cavity early for more conservative treatment in efforts to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible, and prevent a root canal procedure.
Amalgam fillings are traditional metal fillings that have been used to treat tooth decay for many years. Metal fillings are an economical option that provides lasting results and structural support to the affected tooth. Metal fillings are ideally used to fill tooth decay in teeth not visible when a patient smiles. They effectively treat tooth decay for patients looking for a cost-effective dental treatment.
Cosmetic Dental Filling
Cosmetic dental fillings are made from high-quality dental resin that can be color matched to your natural teeth. The material is stain and decay resistant. White dental fillings offer durable and aesthetic results. The diseased and decayed tooth tissue will be scraped from the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and prepared for the filling. Dr. Sareen places the color matched filling material in the tooth and forms it for a natural looking result. Finally, a special blue light is used to bond the material to the tooth.
Replace Old Metal Fillings
Patient with amalgam fillings in their smile zone may choose to have them replaced with white dental fillings. Dr. Sareen can help patients determine if they qualify for replacement. The old fillings will be removed from the decaying site and replaced with custom dental fillings for improved smile aesthetics.
Inlay & Onlay
For patients with more advanced tooth decay, an inlay or onlay may be the preferred method of filling. Inlays and onlays are also referred to as partial crowns. The restoration is custom fabricated to fit snugly on the surface or on the cusp of the tooth.
- Inlay- The inlay is designed to fit snugly on the cusp of a molar. The restoration is designed to seal off the area of decay once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. The inlay will help to preserve the natural tooth and prevent future decay.
- Onlay- used to treat large surface areas of decay. The decayed tissue will be removed and the tooth thoroughly cleaned in preparation for the onlay. Dr. Sareen permanently adheres the onlay to the surface of the tooth using a special bonding agent. The onlay helps to support the structure of the tooth and prevent future decay.