Today’s dental fillings blend in seamlessly with your tooth, so no one can tell you had a cavity. Sunnyvale, California’s leading general dentists -- John Vellequette, DDS, and Stephanie Fung, DDS -- offer flexible scheduling at Smile Center Silicon Valley if you have a cavity or think you need a filling. Because dental cavities can quickly progress, don’t delay another day: Schedule your dental exam by using the online scheduling system or by calling the office.
When you eat or drink, sugar carbohydrates react with bacteria from the plaque on your teeth. This reaction forms an acid, which breaks down your tooth enamel (the protective covering of your teeth).
As that acid penetrates into deeper layers of your tooth, they can develop deep dental caries, or cavities. Without proper treatment and a filling, the bacterial infection can penetrate deep down into your tooth’s root, causing a severe toothache.
The first step is diagnosing the severity of your cavity through a thorough dental exam and X-ray imaging. Once your dentist at Smile Center Silicon Valley determines the severity of your dental decay, they can get started on your filling treatment. After numbing the treatment area with local anesthesia, they gently drill through your tooth’s enamel to remove decay.
When all the decay is removed, your dentist carefully etches the opening and makes a smooth surface for the bonding application. They line the etched opening in your tooth with an acid gel and apply resin, which is the filling material.
The resin is bonded to your tooth with a bright light, and your overall tooth gets smoothed out and polished. Generally, the entire filling treatment takes less than an hour for a single cavity.
Resin fillings can last up to 10 years or more. If you brush and floss daily and follow an optimal home oral hygiene regimen, your fillings can last much longer. You can also improve your filling longevity by scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings (typically twice a year).
In some cases, plaque buildup near your filling can damage your tooth and cause the filling to loosen and possibly fall out. Your dentist at Smile Center Silicon Valley checks to ensure your tooth and filling aren’t showing any signs of decay, and if they are, get you treated right away to preserve your filling for years to come.
Book your dental exam and see if you need fillings by using Smile Center Silicon Valley’s online scheduling system. You can also call the office to schedule.