Composite fillings restore your teeth and avoid further tooth decay
Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures that can fix cavities due to decay as well as some cases of chipped or broken teeth. There are a few types of different fillings that are used in dentistry. Our dental office in Stockton offers composite resin fillings as what we believe is the best, most versatile option.
Why use composite resin fillings?
Composite fillings look more natural–they are very similar in shade to actual teeth. This makes them capable of filling visible areas of a tooth instead of only the biting surface or posterior side. These types of fillings are easier to use in fixing a range of issues, including chips or broken teeth, in comparison to gold or silver amalgam fillings. Composite resin fillings also allow your dentist to save as much of your actual tooth as possible during the preparation phase of the procedure.
What is involved when getting a filling?
If Dr. Nozaki has determined that a filling is needed due to decay or breakage, the first step is to numb the area around the tooth that is receiving the filling. At this point, you will not feel any sensation in the area that needs to be worked on and the dentist is able to remove the decayed portion of the tooth without causing any pain. A dental drill is most often used during this part of the procedure. When the decay has been removed, Dr. Nozaki will clean the cavity that remains to remove any leftover particles or bacteria.
The filling is applied by the dentist in layers that are shaped to fit the cavity as needed. A special light is used to harden the layers of resin. Once the cavity has been filled, your dentist will remove any excess composite resin and make sure the filling material is shaped correctly with a tight seal to the tooth. Polishing the filling is the last step before the procedure is complete.
What can I expect after getting a cosmetic filling?
Some patients may experience sensitivity after getting a filling–sometimes including sensitivity in surrounding teeth. Discomfort may be felt as a result of eating certain kinds of food or exposing the tooth to hot or cold temperatures. Sensitivity can sometimes last up to a month after receiving a filling. While this period of sensitivity is normal if you experience sensitivity that will not go away or is causing high levels of pain, contact your dentist right away.
How do I care for a dental filling?
There isn’t any special care for a filling apart from your normal oral hygiene routine. Brushing, flossing and rinsing twice a day can prevent the need for future fillings and can keep current fillings in place as long as possible. If you have lost a filling or experience issues with a current filling, call us as soon as possible to prevent additional, possibly more serious problems.
Contact Image Dental today!
Routine check-ups can help your dentist keep an eye on problem areas as well provide an opportunity to look in on existing fillings. Fillings are not meant to last forever and can be susceptible to cracks or breaks. If you are experiencing any oral concerns or if it’s just time for a check-up, call our dentist office today at (209) 955-1500 to book an appointment.
Image Dental is located at 3453 Brookside Road, Suite A, Stockton, CA 95219