Ignoring cavities and tooth decay leads to permanent tooth damage, gum disease, and tooth loss. At EZ Dental in San Jose, California, Iyad Bakdach, DDS, offers dental fillings to restore your teeth and prevent further damage. Call the practice to speak with a friendly team member or use the online tool to schedule an appointment today.
When teeth are decayed or damaged they require dental fillings to strengthen and protect them. Left untreated, cavities grow larger and can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss.
Composite resin is the most common material used for dental fillings. It can be matched to the color of your natural teeth, making it ideal for highly visible areas such as your front teeth. Dental fillings may also consist of porcelain, amalgam, or gold materials. Your dentist chooses the appropriate filling based on the extent of your tooth damage.
The best way to determine whether you require dental fillings is to visit the dentist twice each year. If you have tooth decay, your dentist can detect it early and schedule you for a dental filling appointment. If you have toothaches or feel holes in your teeth between dental appointments, you should call the office for an exam or use the online scheduling tool to book immediately.
If necessary, your dentist will numb the affected area to ensure you remain comfortable during your procedure. Next, the decay is removed from the tooth with special instruments. Your dentist fills the hole to restore your tooth and protect it against further decay. A special light is used to harden the filling and strengthen. Finally, the filling is trimmed and polished to restore the original shape of your tooth.
If your tooth is damaged beyond what a dental filling can repair, the dental team will suggest other restorative procedures such as crowns, bridges, or dental implants.
Caring for dental fillings is the same as maintaining good oral hygiene for your natural teeth. You will want to avoid chewing hard foods or objects to avoid damaging your fillings. To maintain good oral hygiene, brush and floss your teeth twice daily. Schedule dental exams and professional cleanings twice annually at EZ Dental.
To make an appointment, use the online tool or call the practice to speak with a friendly team member today.