Woodland Hills Tooth-Colored Fillings – Southern Cal Smiles
Dental fillings are a common way to treat cavities. After the damage or decay has been cleaned, fillings seal off the cavity to prevent bacteria from accumulating again. Old fillings were a mixture of different metals, which could be conspicuous in the mouth and contain mercury, which is harmful to the body. Nowadays, dental laboratories use tooth-colored materials like composite resins and porcelain to make fillings that blend in naturally with the surrounding teeth.
Improving Your Smile with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dental filling material evens out the surface of the tooth to make biting and chewing easier. Fillings also prevent further tooth decay. As the name suggests, tooth-colored materials blend in with your natural teeth and look natural when you open your mouth to smile, laugh and talk.
If the decay has fractured a large part of your tooth, you may be a better candidate for a dental crown, or cap, which encapsulates your entire tooth to provide strength and support. If the decay has reached the nerve of your tooth, you may need a root canal.
Placing Tooth-Colored Fillings: What You Can Expect
Dr. Fredericks searches for cavities using a small mirror to examine the surfaces of the teeth. If she notices an area of concern, she will use special instruments to check into it further. She may X-ray the area to confirm a cavity. If she determines that you have a cavity, she will explain your treatment options, including tooth-colored fillings.
To prepare for treatment, Dr. Fredericks will anesthetize the area surrounding the tooth that needs the filling, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Dr. Fredericks will first remove the decay or damaged tooth material with a dental handpiece or a laser. She will clean, disinfect and isolate the tooth to prevent any moisture from interfering during the procedure. Dr. Fredericks will apply the filling material to the cleaned-out cavity. She finishes by hardening the material with a special bonding light.
The result is a tooth that both looks natural and functions normally. Your filling should last many years with the proper care and oral hygiene. To keep your filling in great shape, brush and floss your teeth normally, and schedule regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings at our practice.
Contact Us to Replace Old Fillings
If you have a cavity and would like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings, please contact Woodland Hills female dentist Susan Fredericks by phone or email.