Dental fillings are a standard restorative dental treatment to repair teeth damaged by decay or cavities. Dental fillings restore the integrity and function of the affected tooth, preventing further decay and protecting it from further damage. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, is essential to ensure the longevity and success of the filling. Regular dental visits at Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry allow the dentist to monitor the condition of the filling and address any potential issues promptly.
The Procedure for Dental Fillings
Our dentist will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be treated. This ensures you will experience discomfort during the procedure. The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is then removed using dental instruments, such as a drill or laser. Our dentist will then carefully remove all the affected areas, leaving a healthy tooth structure behind. The area will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris or bacteria.
The tooth will then be prepared for the filling by shaping the cavity to ensure proper retention of the filling material. The chosen dental filling material is then applied to the prepared cavity in layers. Each layer is hardened using a special light or chemical curing process. Our dentist will shape and polish the filling to ensure a comfortable bite and natural appearance.
Types of Tooth-ColoredDental Fillings
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin fillings are made of plastic and glass. They are popular due to their natural appearance and ability to blend with the tooth's natural color. Composite fillings are suitable for small to moderate-sized cavities and can be used on front and back teeth.
Porcelain fillings are custom-made restorations created in a dental laboratory. They are fabricated to match the color and shape of the tooth and are considered a more aesthetically pleasing option. Porcelain fillings are durable and stain-resistant, making them suitable for larger cavities.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Dental fillings enable the removal of decayed tooth material and the cavity itself. When a cavity is present, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and the resulting space is filled with a tooth-colored dental filling. This process helps prevent the spread of decay and restores the tooth's structural integrity and aesthetic.
Dental fillings help preserve the natural tooth structure. Our dentist can salvage the remaining healthy tooth structure by removing the decayed portion and filling the cavity. Preserving the natural tooth is generally preferable to extraction, as it maintains the teeth' function, appearance, and alignment.
Tooth-colored dental fillings improve oral health by sealing off the cavity and preventing further decay or infection. To learn more about dental fillings, visit Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 11645 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 790, Los Angeles, CA 90025, or call (310) 312-0505.