Fillings & Restorations

Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC

General Dentist located in Washington, DC

Tooth decay or damage can cause debilitating pain and negatively affect your smile. General dentist Mohammed Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, provides fillings and other tooth restoration services at his private practice in Washington, DC. If you’re experiencing tooth troubles or need to attend to your dental care, don’t wait until things get worse to have it repaired. Call the Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC office or book an appointment online today.

Fillings & Restorations Q & A

What are tooth restorations?

If your tooth is decayed, damaged, or missing, you may need a tooth restoration. Common examples of tooth restoration procedures include:

  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures

How do I know if I need a filling or tooth restoration?

Dental fillings and restorations fix problems caused by decay, grinding, or other damage to the surface of your teeth. Often, decay causes a cavity to form in your tooth.

If you have tooth decay, you’re not alone. Cavities and tooth decay rank high among the world’s most common health problems. You may need a filling if you experience any of these common signs and symptoms of cavities:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Spontaneous tooth pain that starts without any obvious cause
  • Visible holes or pits in your tooth
  • Pain while eating or drinking something sweet, hot, or cold
  • Black, brown, or white stains on the surface of your tooth
  • Discomfort when biting down

As with any health problem, early detection is key. The best way to prevent a costly tooth restoration is to get routine exams on a regular basis.

What are my options for dental filling materials?

Dental fillings come in a variety of different materials. Talk to Dr. Nkutu Kirunda about the pros and cons of each to determine which type of filling is right for you.

Common materials for dental fillings include:

  • Tooth-colored composite resins
  • Silver amalgam
  • Gold fillings

What should I expect from my dental filling or restoration procedure?

Dental fillings are simple and common procedures that require no downtime for recovery. First, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda prepares your mouth by numbing the treatment area with a local anesthetic. This may leave your mouth numb for an hour or so after your appointment. Most fillings don’t require sedation, and you’re conscious throughout the procedure.

If you have extensive tooth decay or serious damage, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda may recommend a more complex tooth restoration procedure.

If one or more teeth are missing, it’s important to replace them as soon as possible. A missing tooth can cause the rest of your teeth to shift or lead to jawbone deterioration. In these cases, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda may suggest replacing missing teeth with a bridge or dental implants.

If you suspect you may have tooth decay, act quickly to save your tooth. Call Dr. Nkutu Kirunda or book an appointment online today.