Tooth decay is one of the most common dental complications that cause damage to the toothâ€™s structure and vitality. If tooth decay is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Early treatment of tooth decay will prevent complications from spreading. Here at TeethBuddies Pediatric Dentistry, we provide Composite Dental Fillings to restore the teethâ€™s structure and function.
What are Dental Fillings?
A type of restorative material which can be made from varieties of substances used to fill tooth holes caused by decay. Fillings can also be used to repair chipped tooth and worn-out tooth.
Composite Fillings or Tooth-colored fillings are made of non-toxic plastic and glass mixture. The color of the filling can be made to match the color of the natural tooth.
Dental Filling Procedure
Before undergoing the procedure, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the gums surrounding the affected tooth. The numbness will add comfort to the patient throughout the procedure. Once the anesthetic takes effect, the dentist will begin to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. The dentist then ensures that the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and free from debris before the restoration process. The restoration process varies depending on the damage. But basically, the restoration begins with the application of an acid gel, also called tooth conditioner, which will be applied to the area of the tooth that will receive the filling. The dentist will let it sit for about 15 seconds then wash it off. A bonding agent will be dabbed or painted to the surface and followed by the application of the composite filling. To conclude the process, the tooth will be carved & polished to attain that natural-looking shape of the tooth.
Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings
Quick treatment. Dental Fillings treatment can be completed in one dental visit. Treating one or two cavities can be completed in about 1 to 2 hours.
Long lasting effect. Observe proper precautions and your dental filling could last up to 10 years. A regular dental checkup is still recommended.
Saves tooth from further damage. The restoration involves removal of the cavities and filling it with composite filling that will retain the function and appearance of the tooth.
Natural-looking restoration. Unlike amalgam and gold fillings, composite fillings can be tinted with the color of your tooth, so a natural appearance is maintained.
TeethBuddies Pediatric Dentistry will be happy to assist you and your child in achieving a healthier smile through our Dental Fillings in Milpitas, CA. Contact our friendly office for your childâ€™s dental appointment.