Tooth Colored Fillings and When They Should be Used

group of students at schoolDental fillings are only controversial when it comes to material. Both dentists and patients have argued for decades about mercury exposure due to metal fillings. This topic receded in recent years as metal fillings, while still in use, slowly took a backseat to white fillings—tooth-colored composites. Obviously, patients want their fillings to be inconspicuous and fillings that blend seamlessly with tooth color fit this bill entirely.

White fillings are preferred especially for back teeth, and are available in both direct and indirect modes. A direct filling rebuilds a cavity layer by layer using resins that are hardened by a light. An indirect filling is used when at least one corner of a molar is missing, and combines the resin composite with elements of porcelain. Our expert in dental fillings in West Hollywood uses advanced techniques to ensure the filling fits tightly against the neighboring tooth, so bacteria are kept out.

The only scenario in which tooth-colored fillings might not be advisable is a budget-conscious one. The quality and sensitivity of the materials make white fillings more expensive than amalgam fillings. Otherwise, most patients prefer the better visibility of tooth-colored composites.

For more about tooth-colored fillings, contact your West Hollywood cosmetic dentist.

Benefits of Same Day Dental Procedures

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Same day dentistry has revolutionized the field of dentistry. In the past, many dental procedures could require two or even three dental visits to complete. This meant that you would need to take time out of your busy life to return to our office, and wear temporary restorations until you could have your dental work completed. Our dentist offers several same day procedures, which provide our patients with many benefits.

1. Same day restorations save time
You can have your tooth prepared, your crown or other restoration designed, and the procedure completed all in a single appointment. There is no need to return to our office, and no need to schedule multiple appointments.

2. Same day restorations minimize the need for anesthesia
Because your tooth is prepared and restored in a single visit, you will only need one anesthetic shot.

3. Same day restorations look and feel like natural teeth.
We use the same high-quality porcelain materials as in other restorations, so you can be confident that your crown will look just like a natural tooth. Since your crown will be finished before you leave, you can wear it out of our office with no need for a cosmetically unappealing temporary.

Call our office today to learn more about same day dental options or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

What Materials are used for Tooth Colored Dental Fillings


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When you have a cavity that requires a filling, your dental care provider has several options that can be used to replace the missing part of the tooth to keep your teeth strong and to prevent further damage. In the past, gold and amalgam fillings were popular. Made with various metals, these types of fillings are strong but are obvious and not very attractive, especially on front teeth.

Today, tooth colored fillings can be used to fill in cavities and damaged areas to resemble your natural tooth. These fillings are also called composite resin fillings. They are created with a special combination of plastic and glass. These dental fillings are applied in layers then allowed to harden. You can care for your tooth colored fillings in the same way that you care for your natural teeth.

While composite resin is a strong material, it is important that you do not bite on hard objects or use your teeth as tools, such as biting open packages. To make sure that you tooth colored fillings will stay secure for a long time, keep up with your regular dental care appointments with your provider.

What are Dental Fillings Made of?

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If the dentist has found a cavity in your tooth, then he or she will remove the decay and restore your tooth with a dental filling. Dental fillings can be made of several different types of materials.

Silver amalgam is one of the materials that can be used to make a dental filling. This type of filling consists of mercury that has been mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper. This type of filling dates back to the nineteenth century. It is quite durable and generally the cheapest type of filling, but it is also the least cosmetically pleasing. Gold is also used in fillings and can be dated back to around the same time as silver amalgam. Gold is very strong, but it is also quite expensive and takes two visits to the dentist in order to place it. Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored and therefore are the most cosmetically pleasing option available. Composite resin is a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. Composite resin fillings are the same material that is used in dental bonding.

If you have a tooth that you think may have a cavity present, contact our expert in tooth fillings in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.

Cosmetic Options for Dental Fillings

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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.

Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings

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Silver fillings (also known as amalgam fillings) began to be used in the early 1800s. By the 1840s, dentists began to express concern about these mercury-based fillings. Even though The American Society of Dental Surgeons denounced the use of amalgam out of concerns about the safety of mercury, these fillings continued to be used. In fact, amalgam fillings are still used today. Although the FDA has determined that amalgam fillings are safe and effective, many people still have concerns about their safety. Luckily, our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist offers tooth-colored fillings as an alternative.

Tooth-colored fillings are made of a tooth-colored material called composite resin. In order to fill a cavity, this material is chemically bonded to the tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings are less prone to fracturing the teeth under normal bite forces the way metal fillings can. This type of filling also offers a more aesthetically pleasing restoration because it blends naturally with the rest of the restored tooth. The composite resin material is hard and ready to use as soon as you leave our office, which makes it a convenient restoration for our patients. A tooth-colored filling can last for many years when cared for properly. Call us today to find out more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings or to schedule an appointment with our expert in tooth colored fillings in Los Angeles.

What are White Dental Fillings Made of?

What are White Dental Fillings Made of?The most common treatment for cavities is dental fillings because they are easy to apply. Your fillings can be made out of a variety of materials, and you will need to discuss your options with our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist. We offer silver amalgam fillings, which are very durable and are well-tolerated by gum tissue, but they tend to be very noticeable in your smile. If you need a filling placed in the front of the mouth, consider white dental fillings.

White dental fillings can be made out of composite resin, which is a special blend of plastic and ceramic. Composite resin is designed to match the natural appearance of your teeth. Our expert in white dental fillings in Agoura Hills may also recommend them for use on the back teeth since they are incredibly durable and can withstand massive bite forces. Your fillings can usually be placed in just a single appointment.

After your fillings are placed, they will not require any special care. You should continue brushing and flossing your teeth just like you normally would. And you should schedule routine dental examinations twice a year to make sure your restorations are strong and that there are no underlying problems with your oral health.

What are the Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings?

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Some of the most common dental procedures performed by our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist are dental fillings. Dental fillings are used to fill in teeth that have minor cavities, are chipped, or are cracked. In the old days, dental filling were made of metal and were therefore very noticeable, especially when used to fill the front teeth. Today, our expert in dental fillings in Los Angeles uses tooth colored fillings because they offer many advantages over previous types.

Tooth colored fillings, as their name suggests, are made to match the exact color of a patient’s natural teeth. They are usually made of fiber glass or composite resin. These materials are also stronger and lighter than metals that were used in the past. Plus, they adhere to the tooth for a longer lasting solution.

In order to fill in a cavity, our dentist will first apply a small amount of anesthesia to the nerve so that the patient can remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Once the patient is relaxed, the cavity will be drilled out to remove the bacteria that are causing the tooth to decay, and the hole will be filled with the tooth colored resin.

If you have a cavity that needs to be filled or an old, unsightly metal filling that needs replacement, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.