A dental filling helps stop the growth of decay and protects your smile from painful symptoms and even the risk of an infection or abscess. While at one time these were usually metal, we now use a composite resin that is metal-free and can be shaded to blend with the tooth! In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about our metal-free dental fillings!
Metal is effective, but could be problematic for young children, pregnant women, or people with metal allergies. There is also the risk of fillings changing size with time, potentially compromising the tooth years down the road. However, composite resin is metal-free and designed to last for many years to come. The blend of glass and acrylic can be color-matched to blend with the rest of your tooth, offering a lifelike appearance. The same material is also used in our dental bonding procedure to treat minor damage and mask esthetic issues too.
When You Need Treatment
We recommend this option to treat tooth decay. If you attend checkups with our team every six months, then we can address the issue in the earliest stages of demineralization. At this point, you aren’t even experiencing symptoms yet. However, if you don’t attend these visits, you may not know you have cavities until the decay is in the alert stages. At this point, your teeth could feel sensitive why you eat or drink, or ache. The discomfort could worsen with time, and lack of treatment could then increase the risk of an infection or even a lost tooth!
Placing a filling only takes one visit, and you can often return to work or school after the procedure is finished! We begin with the administer of a local numbing agent to ensure your comfort. If you have dental anxiety, we could also discuss sedation. We then remove all decay from the tooth and then clean it thoroughly. The material is prepared and placed in several layers. As we cure this material under a light, we sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish it for a more lifelike appearance. We can then discuss better habits to help lower the risk of cavities in the future, such as proper brushing and flossing, and regular checkups for cleanings.
If you have any questions about how we treat tooth decay, or if you have an aching tooth that needs attention, then contact our team to learn more.
We’re Ready to Treat Your Cavities
In one visit, we can treat cavities with a metal-free and natural-looking dental restoration. Contact our Newhall, CA office at (661) 259-7760 to learn more about our lifelike dental fillings and other restorative treatments. You can also visit us at 25061 Peachland Ave. Newhall, CA 91321.