White Fillings in Pacific Beach, San Diego
A dental filling is a restoration used to repair teeth affected by decay, small fractures and other types of damage. Traditional fillings were made from metal materials and were often quite conspicuous. Newer fillings are made from tooth-colored materials and blend in beautifully with the natural tooth. Because of the superior aesthetic result they offer, white fillings have quickly become the restoration of choice at Pacific Beach Smile Studio.
Do I Need a Filling?
White fillings are primarily used to reconstruct teeth with cavities. You may or may not know that you have a cavity. Some cavities cause pain, while others can be asymptomatic. Without treatment, cavities can get bigger and require more invasive dental treatment. The best way to ensure that you are cavity-free or to catch cavities in their early stages is to schedule regular examinations with Dr. Hernandez. If he detects a cavity, he can explain your treatment options and start treatment quickly.
White fillings can also replace old metal fillings if the old fillings have developed complications. For example, if the filling or tooth has cracked, or decay has accumulated underneath the filling, it can be replaced with a new white filling. However, Dr. Hernandez typically does not replace older fillings unless there is a legitimate need.
Understanding Treatment with White Fillings
Fillings can usually be placed in a single visit. The first step of treatment is to identify and remove areas of dental decay. Dr. Hernandez will visually examine your teeth (and possibly take X-rays) to identify the problem areas. Depending on the extent of damage, he may recommend an alternative treatment, like a dental crown for more widespread coverage and protection. Dr. Hernandez will numb the affected tooth with local anesthetic to prevent you from feeling any discomfort as he places the filling. He will use a handpiece or laser to remove the dental decay and sanitize the area to get rid of all bacteria and debris. He may apply a primer material to the tooth before placing the filling.
White fillings are made from a composite resin, a durable plastic material. Dr. Hernandez will apply the resin to the affected tooth to fill the cavity and close off the space where bacteria can enter the tooth. This eliminates the risk of future problems developing. Dr. Hernandez will use a special light to harden it. When he has finished filling the tooth, he will check your bite and make any last-minute adjustments for the fit or finish of the filling. The result is restored health and function and a beautiful, undetectable filling.
With the proper care and attention, fillings can last problem-free for many years. Teeth should be brushed and flossed daily, and professional dental check-ups should be scheduled to check for any issues. Dr. Hernandez can give you additional instructions for caring for your filling during your appointment.
Contact Pacific Beach Smile Studio
To learn more about white fillings and the other restorative solutions available with Dr. Hernandez, please contact Pacific Beach Smile Studio. You can reach us by calling (858) 272-6047 or sending us an email today.