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Dental Fillings


Rendering of teeth with 3 filling materialsTooth decay, also known as dental caries, is caused by the acid-producing bacteria found in plaque. These acids eat away at the enamel (the outer-most layer of a tooth), leading to the formation of cavities. At Lakewood Dental Arts, we always try to treat a cavity before it progresses into a more serious complication.

Filling Materials


There are several types of filling materials, some of which include:
•  Composite resin. Composite resin is a soft mixture of glass or quartz filler that is color matched to the existing shade of your enamel. For this reason, composite fillings are ideal for cavities that are visible when you smile. The material also provides good durability and can be used for anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth. Due to its aesthetic and functional value, composite is the most popular choice for dental fillings.
•  Amalgam fillings. Amalgam, or silver fillings, have been used in dentistry for over 150 years. Because they are made from metal, amalgam fillings are extremely resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. We may recommend amalgam for a large cavity in a posterior tooth due to its durability. However, amalgam fillings have fallen out of favor.
•  Inlays/Onlays. Inlays are fabricated in a dental laboratory and then cemented into place. They have unmatched durability lasting up to 20 years. Inlays/Onlays can be either porcelain, gold or metallic.

Composite Filling Procedure


We begin the composite filling procedure by using a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, our doctors will remove any decayed tooth material and clean out the cavity.

Once the tooth is properly prepared, the filling material is placed. The filling is then trimmed and shaped to provide anatomy similar to the opposing teeth.

After You Receive a Dental Filling


Dental fillings are easy to care for and maintain. Be sure to follow good oral hygiene practices, and schedule checkups and cleanings at regular intervals. Brushing with ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste can help protect the tooth from further decay. Flossing once a day can also drastically improve your oral health.

Sensitivity issues are normal during the first few days with your new filling. If this issue persists or worsens over time, be sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

Schedule an Evaluation


If you would like to learn more about dental fillings, call (562) 384-1091, and schedule an appointment now!

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