Dental FillingsAn Overview
Tooth decay is a prevalent dental health concern that will affect most patients at some point in their lives. Tooth decay and cavities affect children and adults and can be largely prevented with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Dental fillings are the most conservative treatment option for addressing tooth decay. Dental fillings help to stabilize the tooth and prevent further decay or damage.
Our team of highly skilled dentists offers cosmetic white composite fillings for their durability and natural appearance. Unlike traditional metal amalgam fillings, white fillings blend seamlessly with the smile. Metal fillings, specifically, ones in the “smile zone” can be distracting and undesirable.
Some patients may be qualified to have their metal fillings removed and replaced with white fillings. Replacing metal fillings can completely change the aesthetics of the smile. A new, durable white filling using composite resin or a porcelain inlay or onlay can also extend the life of the affected tooth.
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Dental Fillings What to Expect
Dental Fillings can usually be completed in just one visit to our San Francisco dentist office. Treatment will be determined during your personalized dental appointment. Dental fillings are ideal for mild to moderate decay that has not yet spread to the pulp of the tooth.
A local anesthetic will be administered to the area that will be treated for your comfort. Once numb, your Union Square dentist will begin treatment.
The dentist will carefully and gently scrape out all of the decayed tissue. All diseased tissue must be removed for successful treatment. Then, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and filled with the composite material that was specially designed to match your tooth. The filling will then be cured using a special light.
Most patients experience little to no discomfort during their treatment. Patients are able to continue with their daily routine post treatment.