Fillings at Ashley Dental Center

Not only are we passionate about helping our patients prevent dental issues from occurring through proper oral hygiene, but it is also very important to us to offer state-of-the-art dental restorations. When it comes to restoring your teeth after decay, our most common restorative procedure performed is a simple yet beautiful filling. 

Once a cavity has been diagnosed by our Doctors’, we recommend coming into our Hyattsville / Adelphi, Maryland, office as soon as possible to have it restored with a filling. 


The Filling Procedure

The first step in the procedure is to numb the area using local anesthesia. Although filling cavities is a minor and routine procedure, we understand that many patients may be scared or nervous.

Once the area is completely numbed, we will use a dental drill to slowly and carefully remove all traces of the cavity. The entire cavity needs to be removed to prevent further infection. 

Once removed, the space where the cavity once was will be cleaned and prepared for the placement of the filling. The filling material is a tooth-colored composite resin that is placed into the hole, packed in tightly, and then hardened with a curing light. 

The final step is to ensure that the filling itself matches the anatomy of the tooth and does not protrude. Dr. Ashley will use the dental drill to shave down excess material and buff the filling to fit perfectly into your new smile. 


Take Action

If you have been diagnosed with a minor or major cavity, it is extremely important to correct the dental problem with a filling as soon as possible. When left alone, cavities can spread quickly and create severe and even permanent damage to your teeth. 

Fillings are very cost effective compared to other more invasive restorative procedures. If the cavity grows and infects the majority of the tooth, more extensive procedures such as a dental crown might be suggested. 

Once a tooth has become severely infected, it is almost impossible to perform restorative procedures that allow you to preserve your natural tooth. In some cases, extraction of the tooth is necessary and full tooth replacement options will be offered to you. 

At Ashley Dental Center, we offer the best dental technology and procedures available. If you are diagnosed with a cavity, we encourage you to come see us as soon as possible.

If you have been experiencing constant pain in a single tooth or believe that you could be developing a cavity, please call our Silver Spring, Maryland, office to set up an appointment for Dr. Ashley to examine your teeth.