Tooth-Colored Fillings (Composite Fillings for Dental Cavities) – San Diego, CA*

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Overview

Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria eat away at your enamel. In the past, dentists treated cavities with an amalgam material, which is a mixture of metals, like silver or mercury. Now we know that amalgam fillings do not bond fully with the teeth, and the mercury is hazardous to your general health. At Dental Express in San Diego, CA, our dentists offer tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. We can also take out metal fillings and replace them with composite resin fillings for a more reliable and better-looking treatment of cavities.

Best Candidates

After cleaning out the cavity, our dentists will typically seal the area of decay with a composite resin tooth-colored filling. Composite resin is a versatile material that is used to correct other problems with your teeth, such as chips or excessive wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is colored to blend with your teeth, fillings can be placed on the front and back teeth for a great appearance. If you have metal fillings, talk to one of our dentists about getting them removed and replaced with composite resin.

What To Expect

Receiving a filling at Dental Express is usually a simple process. The treatment area is numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize your discomfort. To keep you relaxed during the procedure, other sedation methods may be discussed if you have any fears or anxieties. Once you're prepared, the affected enamel is removed using a unique dental drill. We select the drill type based on the location of the cavity in the tooth and the level of decay. Once the enamel is cleared away and the tooth is disinfected, the area will be replaced with the composite resin material and set. We will polish the filling so it matches your other teeth.

Recovery

You will be able to return to your day after your filling is done, but you might have some sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures for 1 – 3 days. You may use over-the-counter pain medication to treat any discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any major problems. If your filling feels high or uneven, please contact us. Your tooth-colored filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine with daily brushing and flossing. When you return for your annual dental examination, we will check your filling and determine if it should be replaced or repaired.

Insurance Coverage

Tooth-colored fillings are a standard treatment for cavities that are typically covered by insurance. A member of our team will contact your dental insurance company to determine your exact coverage so we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, we can discuss the payment methods accepted by our office at your consultation, as well as information on medical financing.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Cavities may start as a normal issue, but it is important to have them addressed before they become a larger problem. At our San Diego, CA practice, cavities may be corrected with dental fillings. We make sure to match the color of your teeth so you can have a healthy, beautiful smile. If you suspect you or your child has a cavity, contact our office to set up an exam with one of our skilled dentists.

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