Your dentist will recommend a dental filling when you have an impaired, chipped, worn down, or decayed tooth. Fillings are most commonly used to “fill” in cavities that have developed.
There are different options of dental fillings to choose from, but at Image Dental we believe in the beauty of your smile, which is why we mostly use a white filling material called composite resin. This material matches the natural color of your teeth and provides strong support for your teeth by chemically bonding to your tooth.
Ceramic fillings are another option that closely resembles the natural color of your teeth. Made of porcelain, ceramic fillings are durable and resistant to staining, but lack the strength of composite resin.
Other filling options include amalgam fillings. The American Dental Association has deemed amalgam fillings as safe and effective; however, there has been controversy regarding their mercury content. Amalgam fillings do not resemble the natural color of your teeth.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay (i.e. Cavity):
- Sensitivity to hot/cold foods or drinks, especially sweet
- A visible small hole, or pit, in your tooth
- Pain when biting down
Cavities in their early stages may not give off any symptoms. These are often found through x-rays and regular trips to your dentist. The longer your wait on a cavity, the more your tooth will decay. This can lead to more serious problems that require procedures such as a root canal.Preventative Maintenance
Your best defense of tooth decay (as well as other problems):
- Brush your teeth twice a day (preferably when you wake up and before bed).
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Floss at least once a day (preferably every time after a meal is consumed).
- Limit the amount of sweets you consume.
- Schedule appointments twice a month with your dentist (every 6 months).
At Image Dental we offer shot free fillings that results in a virtually pain free dental procedure. We focus on the longevity, quality and comfort with our dental restoration procedures. Contact us today at (949) 760-0363 to learn more about dental fillings, what we offer, or to schedule an appointment.