At one time, all dental fillings were made from metals, such as amalgam, gold, or silver. While effective, these could change shape over time and didn’t offer a very esthetically-pleasing appearance. In order to provide our Newhall, CA, patients with an attractive smile, we may repair cavities with lifelike fillings that match the color of the teeth.
Don’t Ignore Your Aching Teeth
A minor ache that passes after a few hours could be caused by sinus or allergy issues, or even changes in elevation or air pressure. However, if you have tooth sensitivity or toothaches that have persisted for a day or more, then this could point to a cavity or possibly the early stages of a dental infection. Don’t ignore these aches and instead, let us know so we can examine your smile and identify the cause of your discomfort. If you have a cavity, we can offer treatment to prevent the onset of a serious infection or abscess. In fact, we can often address a cavity in a single visit!
Placing Your Metal-Free Filling
Our metal-free fillings will be crafted with a material known as composite resin, a mixture of glass and acrylic that can actually be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. We then remove the decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean it. We apply the composite resin in several layers, then as we cure the material under a light, we sculpt and mold the tooth. The final step involves polishing the tooth to ensure a more attractive appearance. In one visit, we halt your aches and help prevent the onset of an infected or abscessed tooth.
What about avoiding cavities? To prevent tooth decay in kids and adults alike, be sure every day each member of your family brushes their teeth for two minutes in the morning and again at night using a toothpaste that contain fluoride. Before bed, floss thoroughly in between each of the teeth. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as the particles remaining on and between the teeth could feed harmful oral bacteria. Finally, make time to see us every six months so we can examine your smile and watch for the early warning signs of a cavity. We also clean the teeth, which removes plaque buildup and reduces the risk of both cavities and gum disease. If you have any questions about single visit treatment options, or about avoiding cavities, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Restorations?
Our team wants to help prevent cavities from becoming infections that threaten your smile, we may suggest a custom filling. To learn more about our custom restorations, please schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.