Dental Fillings

Deidra Kokel, DDS

Dentists located in Leesburg, VA

If you have a cavity — don’t worry. Dr. Deidra Kokel, DDS in Leesburg, Virginia, offers a variety of dental fillings to effectively treat cavities, including gold, composite, and porcelain. No matter the size of your budget, there’s an option for you to address tooth decay and restore your tooth to optimal health. To learn more about dental fillings or to schedule an appointment for one, call or click today.

Dental Fillings Q & A

Deidra Kokel, DDS

What are dental fillings?

A dental filling is a material that’s bonded onto your natural tooth to restore its appearance and health, particularly when affected by decay. The most common reason to place a filling is a cavity, a defect left in a tooth due to gradual decay.

A filling closes off the spaces where bacteria can enter into your already decaying tooth. In short, a filling helps prevent a cavity from worsening.  

Are there different types of dental fillings?

Yes, there are several different types of dental fillings Dr. Kokel offers the women, men, and children who visit her office:

Composite Resin Fillings

This plastic filling material can match many tooth-colored shades. It’s perfect for making small fillings seem invisible.

Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain is a very durable filling material that feels just like your natural tooth. Dr. Kokel typically opts for porcelain fillings to address larger areas of decay.

Silver Fillings or Amalgam Fillings

The amalgam dental material Dr. Kokel uses is silver-colored, so it stands out visually from your surrounding teeth. This option is durable and predictable.

Gold Fillings

The gold filling material consists of material molded out of a gold alloy by a lab technician. Gold fillings are widely thought of as the best, most durable filling option, but they’re often the most expensive, with costs varying widely depending on world gold prices.

Which type of filling is right for me?

Dr. Kokel discusses your options for fillings and makes recommendations specific to you and your case. Factors she and you might talk about include the state of the decay and prices of your dental filling options. An allergy to a filling material can also narrow your options.

Certain filling materials are better suited to address cavities in different parts of your mouth. Dr. Kokel is integral in helping you figure out which filling will produce optimal results.

What happens when I get a filling?

If Dr. Kokel discovers a cavity during your check-up, or if you report tooth pain or sensitivity, she uses X-rays or digital scans to examine the surface of your tooth. Once she decides your case requires a filling, the first step is removing the decay and cleaning the treatment area. Then, she fills in the cleaned-out cavity with the filling material of choice.

If you think you need a dental filling or want to find out if you or a family member has a cavity, call or click today and schedule an appointment at the office with Dr. Kokel.