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A dental filling is a dental restoration that can repair a tooth that has a cavity. The filling will restore the tooth’s proper shape and function. Dr. Abbott and Dr. Adleman will remove the decayed area of the tooth and then fill the area with the dental filling material.

The tried and true method for finding out if you need a dental filling is to visit Midlothian Dental Arts often. During your six-month checkups, the surfaces of each tooth will be examined. If anything looks abnormal, our dentists will examine it with special instruments.

When Drs. Abbott and Adleman place a dental filling in Midlothian, Virginia, local anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort. The tooth decay is then removed. The area is then cleaned of debris and bacteria. Our dentists will then place the dental filling. If a composite filling, which is also called a tooth-colored filling, is used, it is placed in layers. After each layer is placed, it is cured with a special light. The final restoration is shaped and polished after all of the layers are in place.

Sometimes, tooth sensitivity is present after a dental filling is placed. The most common cause of tooth sensitivity after a dental filling is placed is that the dental filling is too high. Call our office to have the height of the dental filling reduced. If your filling is not too high, any tooth sensitivity should resolve in one to two weeks. Contact our office if it persists.

We invite you to contact our dental office at 804-379-9177 today to learn more and to set up your next visit.