Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings in El Segundo, CA

You’ve always heard that you should brush and floss your teeth regularly. If these steps are not kept, cavities could form. When plaque is left to remain on the tooth surfaces, harmful bacteria that live in that plaque produce acids that can attack the teeth enamel, gradually wearing it away. This will eventually lead to the formation of a cavity. To prevent further damage to the tooth and to restore it to health, Dr. Smile in El Segundo will place a dental filling on the affected tooth.

What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are called as such because they fill in a tooth after the decay has been removed from it. They can be made from several materials, such as amalgam, composite, metals, ceramic, and glass ionomer. The material used will depend on the location of the affected tooth, your specific needs, and cost. However, the most popular material chosen is composite because it is durable, affordable, and can be made to match the shade of the surrounding teeth. In addition to treating cavities, fillings can also be used to repair damage to the tooth enamel that results from bruxism (tooth grinding) or to repair a broken tooth.

Procedure

Fillings can normally be placed in just one appointment, usually during the same visit in which cavities are detected. Your dentist will first numb the tooth being treated. The decay will then be removed and the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly. The filling material will be applied in layers to strengthen the filling, with each layer being hardened with a special light before the next one is applied. Once all the layers have been applied, any excess material will be trimmed away to make sure that the filling fits with the bite of your teeth. Your mouth will remain numb for several hours following your appointment. The tooth will be ready to use, but you should be careful when eating or drinking until the anesthesia wears off to avoid biting your cheek.

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth in El Segundo, come visit us at Dr. Smile to have it treated. A dental filling could be just the right treatment to restore your tooth.

 
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