Tooth Fillings

Unchecked decay can severely compromise the stability and strength of your teeth, with complications ranging from aches and pains to infections, cavities, and even tooth loss. At i2m Dental, our specialists can act quickly to stem the spread of damage. We offer a range of dental tooth fillings in Hyattsville and Silver Springs, Maryland that are aimed at returning impacted teeth to optimal form and functionality.

Dental Filling Procedure

As tooth decay and cavity repair treatment, dental tooth fillings are a frontline tool for protecting the overall health of your oral environment. At i2m Dental, our team recommends that patients go through a comprehensive dental check-up on at least biannual basis. During these sessions, your dentist will perform a number of preventative treatments designed to identify and correct any signs of damage.


  • First, we will assess the current condition of your teeth, gums and underlying bone to determine whether there is a need for dental tooth fillings. We may also carry out an additional X-Ray to survey areas where more extensive damage is indicated.

  • If minor to moderate decay is evident then we can make arrangements for dental fillings, in severe cases, a root canal may need to be administered.

  • Before the filling, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. At this stage, a bite block and/or dental dam may be applied to support your jaw and ensure your comfort during the procedure.

  • If you have decided on a composite or porcelain tooth-colored filling, your dentist will then identify the correct shade of filling to be used. 

  • The specialist will employ a high-speed drill and suction device to remove damaged regions of your tooth so that is ideally prepared for a dental tooth filling. Smaller tools may be removed to refine and contour the remaining area.

  • After preparation, the dental filling material will be molded, hardened and set for the application. In your earlier consultation, the dentist will have talked you through a range of filling options including bonded fillings, composite dental fillings, gold fillings, amalgam fillings, and glass ionomer fillings. 

  • Depending on the type of cavity filling you choose, the material may be placed directly into the open tooth, or the doctor may make an impression of the area to allow proper fitting of the replacement substance. This is usually the case with metal and ceramic dental fillings.

  • The price and length of each session will depend on the amount of damage and the number of surfaces that need to be covered. 


Bonded Fillings

Bonding is another term for a composite or tooth-colored restoration which is used to treat a decayed, fractured or chipped teeth. It can sometimes be used to treat discolored teeth or to make a composite veneer. This procedure is known as bonding because of how the filling bonds to adhere to the tooth structure.

Bonded dental tooth fillings are used for cosmetic purposes to restore or enhance the tooth structure of a chipped, decayed or an otherwise discolored tooth in a single visit. A tooth-colored resin material is applied using adhesive and is then set under the application of high-intensity curing light. This procedure is known as bonding because of the way that the bonded filling adheres to the tooth structure.

Although bonding does function as an effective restorative procedure it is more commonly known for its cosmetic benefits. Usually, bonding agents are used as minimally invasive applications (anesthetic is generally not required) for changing the shape, color or proportions of the tooth. These materials are also often used as durable adhesives for other oral prostheses such as crowns and bridges.

Your local dentist, Dr. Pallavi Sinha, at i2m Dental, in Hyattsville and Silver Springs, MD, will use the bonded fillings to repair decayed, chipped or cracked teeth repair chipped or cracked teeth:

  • Aesthetically improve the appearance of discolored teeth

  • Aesthetically close spaces between teeth

  • Aesthetically make teeth look longer or change its shape

  • Protect exposed tooth’s root due to gum recession


Composite Fillings

A Composite Filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

The composite restoration is a filling that is used to restore decayed teeth. Nowadays composite restoration is used to restore anterior and posterior teeth. They are primarily used for aesthetic reasons since they are available in shades which can be matched with the tooth color. Such restoration can be done at your local dentist at i2m Dental in a single visit. A tooth-colored resin material is applied using adhesive and is then set under the application of high-intensity curing light.

At i2m Dental, we use composite dental tooth fillings to:

  • Provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings​

  • Repair decayed, chipped or cracked teeth repair chipped or cracked teeth

  • Aesthetically improve the appearance of discolored teeth and make fillings look more natural

  • Aesthetically close spaces between teeth

  • Aesthetically make teeth look longer or change its shape

  • Protect exposed tooth’s root due to gum recession

Composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings, but due to aesthetic reasons, composite dental tooth fillings are preferred to amalgam fillings.


Gold Restorations

Gold fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are composed of an alloy of gold, copper and other metals. Gold is material used for restorations in dentistry. Gold has been used to fill our teeth since ancient times and even today, it is considered as arguably the best and long-lasting material for restoration.

Gold is a highly malleable material and this means that it can be shaped exactly to conform to the shape of the cavity. This helps the dentist condense the material and prevent any leakage between the restoration and the tooth margin.

The biocompatibility of gold makes it the preferred material of choice. It is not at all toxic in the oral cavity.

Unlike other materials gold best adapts to thermal changes hence preventing any cracks or fractures in the restoration.

This type of dental tooth filling is usually considered the most durable, lasting 20 years or more, but it is also the most expensive to wear.

Here at i2m Dental, your local dentist will use the use of gold fillings to provide a more robust alternative to amalgam and bonded fillings.

In terms of aesthetics, usually the front teeth are avoided, but they provide strength to the molars.


Glass Ionomer Fillings

GIC or Glass Ionomer fillings are also used in various restorations. They form a chemical bond with the tooth. Some Glass ionomer restorations also release fluoride which helps in preventing further decay. These dental tooth fillings are comparatively weaker fillings and preference is given to non-masticatory areas like the cervical portion of the tooth or to the area close to the gingiva or gums.

Glass ionomer fillings form a chemical link with the tooth. This type of filling is fairly weak. Because of this, they are usually only used on baby teeth and 'non-biting' surfaces such as around the 'necks' of the teeth.

Here at i2m Dental, we use GIC fillings to:

  • Provide tooth filling as part of pediatric dentistry options.

  • Provide a very appealing alternative to amalgam filling for children especially for baby teeth.


Amalgam Fillings

Dental amalgam is made from a combination of metals that include mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Sometimes described as “silver-colored” fillings, dental amalgam has been used by dentists for more than 100 years because it lasts a long time and is less expensive than other cavity-filling materials such as white composites or gold fillings.

Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of various metals including silver, zinc, tin, copper, and mercury. In this case, the use of mercury is considered completely medically safe and all amalgam fillings have been FDA-approved. Amalgam fillings are a durable, affordable alternative to tooth-colored fillings and often last longer than these other options. While these fillings can usually be applied in a single session, additional preparation is usually required to chemically bond and seal the filling in place. The high tensile strength of this material makes it well-suited for cavity filling in biting surfaces.


Here at i2m Dental, we use bonded fillings to provide a cheaper and most reliable alternative for biting surfaces.​


Hyattsville, MD

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