Fillings in Lake Forest, CA
A dental filling is a substance employed to repair and reinstate both the function and appearance of a tooth that has been impacted by tooth decay.
You might be wondering why it involves drilling a hole if it's called a filling. Unlike other parts of your body, teeth cannot heal themselves when they are damaged or infected. Therefore, to restore the tooth to its original condition, the decayed portion needs to be removed. That's why we use a drill when applying a filling. While it temporarily makes the hole caused by decay a bit bigger, it is necessary to prevent further damage and ensure long-term tooth health.
What Is Dental Filling?
Dental fillings are employed to fill cavities or small holes that are created as a result of tooth structure erosion caused by bacterial acids. If left untreated, cavities can advance and lead to substantial harm to the tooth.
Fillings help stop the decay process, save the tooth, and prevent future expenses and discomfort.
Types of Filling Materials Available:
Several materials can be used for dental fillings, and the choice depends on factors such as the tooth's condition, desired appearance, and budget. Common materials include gold, amalgam (silver), composite (plastic resin), and porcelain. Metal fillings are more commonly used for back teeth (molars) since they are not visible when smiling. However, many patients prefer tooth-colored and metal-free options regardless of the filling's location. Within our practice, we emphasize the application of modern tooth-colored materials, such as resilient composite resin or porcelain. Tooth-colored fillings are suitable for front teeth, providing a natural appearance. Depending on the extent and location of the decay, they may also be suitable for posterior teeth. The final decision on the filling material will be made through a comprehensive discussion between you and the dentist.
Overview of the Dental Fillings Procedure:
The dental filling procedure is a routine and straightforward treatment.
If necessary, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area. For small fillings, numbing may not be required, but if you have concerns about discomfort, please feel free to discuss it with the dentist. Subsequently, the dentist will utilize a drill to eliminate the decayed segment of the tooth.
After removing the decay, the dentist may further shape the tooth to ensure a better fit for the filling. They might also apply an acid gel to the inner surfaces of the space to enhance the filling's adhesion.
If a resin material is used, the dentist may utilize a special bright light to harden it. Finally, the tooth will be polished to achieve a smooth and shiny appearance like your natural teeth.
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