Composite fillings are utilized to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, small cracks or fractures. In order to fill the tooth, first the decayed portion of the tooth will need to be removed. Most fillings in modern dentistry are made of a strong dental grade composite or silver amalgam. Composite fillings are commonly used to fill visible front teeth since they can be colored to matched adjacent natural teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced at some point. Dental fillings are very durable and have been known to last many year. This procedure can be done in as quick as one dental appointment and can help restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
REASONS FOR FILLINGS
- Chipped tooth
- Closing a small gap between two teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn down teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
If the tooth is decayed, the tooth will need to be numbed in order to remove all decay as necessary in order to thoroughly clean the space around the tooth. Once the affected tooth has been carefully prepared, the new filling is placed. Should decay reach near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for additional protection. Once the composite filling is properly placed, shaped, and polished.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
WHY CHOOSE US?
At Beverly Hills Dentistry, we work with each individual patient to find a lasting solution for a healthy, beautiful smile. We stand behind our work. You can expect only the most cutting-edge, effective treatments at our office. Our experienced dentists and staff will give you the smile of your dreams. We welcome patients from all over the Los Angeles metro area, including Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, and other cities. If you are looking to renew your smile, call Beverly Hills Dentistry to receive an expert consultation!
When do I need a dental filling?
A dental filling becomes necessary when you have a cavity, tooth decay, or other structural deformity on your teeth. Fillings are also a way to fix chips and cracks caused by blunt trauma, like if your teeth are hit while playing sports. Your dentist will determine when a filling is appropriate.
What is a dental filling made of?
Fillings can be made of a number of materials. Decades ago, the standard for fillings was an amalgam material made of a mixture of silver, copper, tin, mercury, and zinc. However, these fillings were highly noticeable, since their silver color stood out against white tooth enamel.
Today, most fillings are made of composite resin, which comes in a number of shades to blend in with your natural teeth. Fillings composed of porcelain, gold, and glass ionomer are also available.
When should I get a filling vs. a crown?
That depends on how much of your original tooth is still intact. Fillings are good for sealing small cavities in mostly intact teeth. However, if your tooth is in a more advanced stage of decay, a crown is more appropriate since it seals the entire tooth away from further damage. Your dentist will advise you on what condition your tooth is in and whether it needs a crown or filling.
How long do dental fillings last?
If you take care of them, dental fillings can last as long as natural teeth. However, they can wear down, so be sure to keep up your oral hygiene every day. It is also important to avoid biting hard objects (i.e. chewing ice or absentmindedly biting on a pencil).
What is the procedure for getting a dental filling?
Besides a regular teeth cleaning, getting a filling is the easiest, least intensive procedure that you can get in a dental office. A single filling takes less than an hour. Your mouth is numbed before the procedure, and the anesthetic will wear off within a few hours. You should immediately be able to eat normally.
Can I come back for adjustments to my filling?
We encourage patients to take note of any discomfort after they get a new filling and come back for adjustments if necessary. Sometimes, a new filling can produce a newfound sensitivity to hot and cold, an indication that it needs to be filed down or altered.
How do I start the process of getting a filling?
Just schedule your appointment with us and we’ll take care of the rest! Getting a filling is an easy, common procedure and we’re happy to guide you through it.