Composite Fillings Lakewood CA
Your oral hygiene is important. It not only helps to maintain a healthy mouth, but also affects your overall health. Cavities are the result of tooth decay and require prompt treatment to prevent further complications. Dental fillings are a common and effective method for addressing cavities and preserving dental health. If you find yourself with a cavity, we can help treat it with a composite filling here at Lakewood Dental Arts
Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, are areas of damage or demineralization in a tooth's hard outer surface, which is called the enamel. Cavities are caused by acid-producing bacteria. Cavities are a common dental issue and can lead to tooth pain, sensitivity, and infection if left untreated.
Cavities typically result from a combination of factors, including poor oral hygiene, consumption of sugary or acidic foods and drinks, bacteria in the mouth, and genetics.
Common symptoms of cavities include toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, visible holes or pits in the teeth, and pain when biting or chewing.
Cavities are treated by removing the damaged tooth structure and replacing it with a filling.
A tooth filling is a dental restoration used to repair and restore a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay, fractures, or other types of damage. Fillings help to restore the tooth's function and prevent further decay.
The process for receiving a dental filling involves removing the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth, cleaning the cavity, and then filling it with the chosen material. The filling is shaped and polished to restore the tooth's natural appearance and function.
Fillings help to stop the progression of tooth decay, restore the tooth's structural integrity, prevent further damage or fractures, and alleviate tooth sensitivity and pain.
Types of Fillings
Dental fillings come in various materials, including composite resin, amalgam (silver), gold, ceramic (porcelain), and glass ionomer. The choice of filling material depends on factors like the size and location of the cavity, cost, and patient preferences.
Composite fillings are one of the most popular types of fillings. They are also known as tooth-colored or white fillings. They are made of a composite resin material that closely matches the color of natural teeth, making them aesthetically appealing. This composite material is strong and durable, making it suitable for restoring teeth in both front and back areas of the mouth.
Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, providing added structural support. Compared to amalgam (silver) fillings, less tooth structure needs to be removed for composite fillings. Composite fillings can be used for small to medium-sized cavities, as well as for repairing chipped or broken teeth. Composite materials cause less post-operative sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures compared to metal fillings.
Dental Fillings in Lakewood, CA
The type of filling we use depends on the extent of the damage to your tooth. Regardless of the material, fillings help treat cavities and restore the appearance and function of your tooth.
Regular dental exams, cleanings, and good oral hygiene practices can help prevent cavities. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (562) 384-1091.