At Smile Center Silicon Valley, our dentists use fillings to repair teeth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed or prepped and then filled with a composite resin material. Once the filling is shaped and hardened, the tooth is fully functional, and you can use it as you would any other tooth.
In the past, most dentists used metal amalgam to fill teeth. However, today, many dentists prefer composite resin fillings, which are aesthetically more pleasing. Metal fillings also expand and contract with heat and cold, which can cause them to crack. Composite resin fillings, on the other hand, do not expand or contract and are color-matched to your teeth for a more natural look. Many patients are also concerned about the mercury in metal amalgam fillings and the possibility of it leaking out and causing health problems. Fortunately, composite resin fillings are much safer and do not contain mercury.
The Advantages of Dental Fillings
A dental filling protects your tooth by sealing off any cracks or holes that could result in bacteria buildup or further damage to the tooth and restores its shape and strength.
Besides protecting a tooth, a filling can be used to restore its function. For example, if you have a cracked or chipped tooth, you can use a filling to protect it and restore its shape and structure.
If your teeth are discolored or damaged, a filling can be used to hide these imperfections and improve the appearance of your smile. This procedure can improve the overall color and shape of your teeth.
The Process of Getting a Dental Filling
The dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues, ensuring a painless procedure. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed using dental instruments, such as drills or lasers. The chosen filling material is then applied in layers to fill the cavity. For tooth-colored fillings, each layer is hardened using a special curing light.
The filling material is shaped and polished to blend seamlessly with the natural tooth structure. After placing the filling, the dentist will check and adjust the bite to ensure proper alignment and comfort when chewing.
If left untreated, cavities can lead to more serious oral health problems, including tooth loss. If you have a cavity, visit Smile Center Silicon Valley at 877 W. FREMONT AVE, SUITE L3, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, or call (408) 245-7500 to schedule an appointment with our dentist for a checkup as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment are vital in preventing further tooth decay or damage.