Dental Fillings in Alpharetta, Georgia
Our dentists may recommend a dental filling to repair minor to moderate tooth damage, such as that caused by cavities, cracking or chipping. There are several types of fillings available, including gold, porcelain and composite, and amalgam.
When you visit our office, we will work with you to determine if a filling is the right solution for your smile and which type of filling will best meet your needs. We will discuss all your options with you so that you can make an informed decision about the type of filling you will receive. Some of the factors that we will take into consideration before making a recommendation include:
- The type of material used
- The amount of tooth structure which needs to be repaired
- Where and how the filling will be placed
- The stress and chewing load the tooth will bear
- The length and number of visits needed to complete your treatment
There are 2 main types of fillings – direct and indirect.
Direct fillings are fillings which are placed a in a single appointment. This type of filling can usually be completed in a matter of minutes, and is typically used for repairing damage such as that caused by cavities.
Indirect fillings are more complex, and often require at least two visits. These include not only what we think of as traditional fillings, but also inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges. During the first visit our dentists and team prepare your tooth and take an impression. A temporary covering is provided to protect the tooth until the next appointment. After the restoration is completed, our dentists can place it onto your tooth to restore your smile.