Tooth Fillings Oxnard CA
A cavity is "filled" using dental fillings. Cavities are tiny openings in the teeth that primarily occur due to dental decay. The dentist will remove the decaying portion of the tooth and fill the hole with a filling substance. Harmful microorganisms in the mouth cause tooth decay. These bacteria create acids or toxins that erode tooth enamel, resulting in cavities. Adverse tooth decay damages the entire tooth and may lead to serious infections and tooth loss. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day can help to avoid cavities. Visit Esthetic Smiles in Oxnard to inquire about dental fillings.
Types of Filling Materials
Dental fillings are available in a wide variety of materials, giving you numerous options to choose from. These include gold, porcelain, tooth-colored, and silver amalgam, as well as composite resin fillings. Our Oxnard dentist will propose the appropriate filling type for you based on the affected area and the degree of decay.
Gold fillings are the most long-lasting. They are also the most noticeable; some patients prefer these flashy fillings. Gold fillings are resistant to chewing pressures and can last up to 15 years.
Silver Amalgam Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings are equally long-lasting, with a 10-year lifespan. These fillings are more affordable than gold fillings and can withstand chewing pressures. However, because they don't match the color of your actual teeth, they can develop a gray hue around the tooth structure.
Tooth Colored Filllings
Tooth-colored fillings fit perfectly with the tooth structure, offering extra support. These filings are available in various colors; thus, you can match them closely with your existing tooth color. These tooth-colored composite fillings are mainly used to repair broken, chipped, or worn teeth.
The only drawback to these types of fillings is that they don't last for an extended period and tend to be more costly. These fillings can cause chipping and may need to be re-filled.
Tooth Filling Procedure
Before beginning the tooth-filling procedure, our dentist will use anesthesia to numb the afflicted region around your tooth. The dentist will next use a drill, laser, or air abrasion equipment to remove the decaying portion of your tooth. The type of instrument used may be determined by the degree and location of the decay, and the tool's efficiency of use. If there are still any portions remaining in your tooth, the dentist will remove it. Your tooth will be cleaned thoroughly before inserting the filling material. The dentist will put a liner to safeguard the nerves if the decay reaches the root. Finally, the dentist will fill the cavity with filling material and polish your tooth.
After removing the decay and cleaning out your tooth, you will need to take a few more steps if you want tooth-colored fillings. The dentist will use a special light to cure or harden each layer of tooth-colored materials. After the multi-layering operation, the dentist will trim off any extra material and mold and polish the filling to achieve the desired outcome.
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Visit us in Oxnard at Esthetic Smiles for quality dental fillings. Call us today at 805-365-4222 to schedule an appointment.