What is a filling?
Has your tooth been cracked or damaged? Have habits like nail-biting or teeth grinding taken their toll, or has a cavity formed? If so, Dr. Hart may recommend a dental filling. A filling is one of the most common types of restoration. If our dentist decides a filling is right for you, he will begin by removing the parts of the tooth that have been decayed or damaged, and then will fill the tooth one layer at a time. Our dentist may use a specialized light to harden each layer. After the tooth has been filled, Dr. Hart will shape the filling to blend it with your smile.
What will my tooth be filled with?
While there are varying types of fillings, at Dental Center of Simi Valley we are pleased to offer composite, or white, fillings. White fillings are made from a combination of plastic and fine glass specifically designed to improve the appearance of your smile. The primary benefit of white fillings is the fact that their shade and color can be adjusted to match your natural teeth.
What are the benefits of composite resin fillings?
Fillings made of composite resin have several advantages. They are:
- More aesthetic and blend in with the natural tooth enamel
- Nonresponsive to temperature changes, unlike silver amalgam fillings which can expand and contract and let bacteria into the natural tooth structure
- Safer for the smile, eliminating the risk of mercury exposure found with silver amalgam fillings
Who is a candidate for composite resin fillings?
Anyone who has fillings or needs a filling is a proper candidate for composite resin fillings. In fact, our practice not only places these fillings but can replace silver amalgam fillings with composite resin fillings. Our staff follows a special protocol to ensure that the silver amalgam fillings are removed safely, and then restore the teeth with composite resin instead.
If you have any questions about dental fillings in Simi Valley, California, we invite you to contact our office today. We look forward to giving you the healthy smile you deserve.