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.

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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.

How are Dental Fillings Placed?

Happy mother and daughterBefore fillings, people still had to deal with tooth decay. In extreme cases, infected teeth would be pulled or just fall out. The body is resilient, but it cannot fix holes in teeth. Obviously that extremity has an answer now—several answers in fact, but dental fillings are still the most common. Fillings take the place of decay, and fortify tooth structure and function.

Your filling procedure will begin with a simple anesthetic, after which our expert in dental fillings in Northridge will remove all the decayed area of the tooth. This may take some probing to make sure, which is why the dentist anesthetizes the affected area. The primary hardware in dental fillings is a good old-fashioned dental drill, the distinct sound of which is often cited as a source of dental phobia. If you have drill issues, ask your dentist about sedation options.

Depending on where the filling is, the dentist may use a bite block to hold your mouth open, or a rubber dam to make sure the area stays dry.

Fillings were once either gold or silver. Most patients now prefer either amalgam fillings or tooth-colored composite, which are better aesthetically.

For more about the process of dental fillings, talk to your Northridge dentists.

Options in Dental Fillings

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Cavities in teeth must be filled. Fillings can restore the tooth’s size and shape and protect the damaged part of the tooth from further decay. Several options for dental fillings are available, and our Torrance cosmetic dentist can help you decide on the best one for your smile.

The most common dental filling options include:

1. Composite resin fillings
Composite resin is a tooth-colored material that is made of glass or quartz mixed with other materials. These fillings bond chemically with the tooth’s structure and are capable of withstanding significant bite forces.

2. Amalgam fillings
Amalgam fillings, which are sometimes called silver fillings, have been used for many years to restore teeth. Amalgam is a blend of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. It is strong and durable, though not necessarily aesthetic.

3. Gold fillings
Gold fillings have been used for hundreds of years and are known for their durability, but they are also quite noticeable, much like amalgam fillings.

Fillings are usually placed in a single visit, and require no special care beyond good dental hygiene. Call our expert in dental fillings in Torrance today to find out more about dental fillings or to schedule your appointment with our team.

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.