A dental filling is a restorative dental treatment used to fix a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will first be removed. The dentist will then clean the tooth to prepare it for the filling.
If the decay is near the tooth's nerve, a local anesthetic may be used to ensure you remain comfortable during the procedure. The dentist will then seal the tooth using a filling material. Once the procedure is complete, your tooth will be fully restored and look and function just like before.
What Options Do I Have for Filling or Restoring a Tooth?
Dental fillings can be made from various materials, including gold, silver, metal amalgam, or composite resin. While traditional metal fillings can be very durable, many patients prefer composite resin fillings because they look natural and blend in with the smile. Metal fillings can last longer, but they are noticeable when you talk or open your mouth.
Fillings are not the only option for tooth restoration. Depending on your specific condition, our dentist may recommend a filling, an inlay or onlay, or a crown. Each type of restoration has its own pros and cons. Our dentist can help you determine which option is right for you during your appointment.
When a tooth needs to be restored with a filling, our dentist may recommend a tooth-colored rather than a traditional mercury-based amalgam filling. Mercury is highly toxic, and composite resin fillings are better for your overall health.
Many patients choose tooth-colored fillings because they are more attractive than metal fillings. They look more natural and are barely noticeable. Composite resin is also less sensitive to heat and cold than silver amalgam, being preferable for patients with sensitive teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings can be matched to the natural color of your teeth and are also translucent like natural enamel. They are safe and will not wear down over time.
Metal fillings are known to become loose over time, leaving your tooth susceptible to damage. Since composite resin is completely bonded to the tooth, it won't fall out or cause unnecessary damage the way a metal filling could.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (714) 635-5500 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 50 S Anaheim Blvd Ste. 94, Anaheim, CA 92805.