When you go to the dentist for a professional exam and cleaning, one of the last things you want to hear from them is that you have a cavity. While there are certainly worse things that the dentist could say to you, nobody ever looks forward to having a cavity filled. Luckily, the days of only being able to choose from gold or silver fillings are long gone. These days, there are cosmetically pleasing options that are available when it comes to dental fillings.
Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are currently very popular with patients who visit our cosmetic dentists in Los Angeles. These fillings can be made to match the color of the tooth that is being filled. Composite resin fillings are bonded directly to the tooth structure, which provides additional support for the tooth.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are also cosmetic options for dental fillings. Like resin, porcelain can also be matched to the color of the tooth that is being treated. Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings, so this type of filling must be custom-designed by a lab before being placed. These types of fillings are usually only used if the tooth does not have the necessary structural support to survive once the decayed portion has been removed. Indirect fillings usually take more than one visit to be placed.
If you think you may have a cavity that needs to be treated, contact our expert in dental fillings in Los Angeles to schedule an appointment.