If you have cavities, holes, or damage to the structure of your teeth, a dental filling is the standard restorative treatment used to repair the tooth and rebuild the tooth to its original aesthetic and functionality.
Without a filling, decay can progress further into the tooth, leading to a tooth infection that will require more invasive treatment or even extraction. Untreated damage can cause the tooth to break.
After drilling away tooth decay, the tooth is filled with a certain filling material, which can range from silver amalgam and gold materials to composite resin. Contact your dentist in Long Beach if you have a cavity that needs filling.
Many patients prefer composite fillings because they do not contain any mercury.
Dr. Girgis will perform an oral exam to determine if the cavity has reached the pulp chamber and will require a root canal.
After numbing your mouth, we will drill away any remaining tooth decay.
We will apply an etching solution to the tooth and then apply the composite resin in layers.
A UV light is placed over the resin material to cure it.
These are tooth-colored fillings that involve applying and curing composite resin to the tooth to rebuild the portion of the tooth that was drilled. We will use a shade guide to match the shade of your teeth to the resin material.
Composite fillings offer many advantages over traditional silver amalgam fillings, including superior aesthetics, preserving more of the natural tooth structure, instant hardening, no food restrictions, and mercury-free biocompatible materials. They have a lifespan of about 7 years.
Dental fillings can be completed in a single appointment.
A cavity is a hole that has formed as a result of tooth decay leading to enamel erosion. Bacteria in the mouth will feed off of left-behind food particles that linger when you neglect to brush or floss properly. The sugars are transformed into acids and they commit acid attacks against your enamel, leading to weakened and damaged enamel. Eventually, this will lead to holes in your teeth.
Fillings are universally covered by most dental insurance plans because they are considered a minimally invasive and preventive treatment that eliminates the need for more complex and invasive treatment later on. Most insurance plans cover 80% of a filling procedure but you should contact your insurance provider directly to find out how much they will cover.
Silver amalgam fillings used to be the standard but composite fillings are now replacing them due to their aesthetics.