About Tooth-Colored Fillings
One of the most common conditions that develops in patients are cavities, which can sometimes lead to tooth decay as well. Cavities can leave teeth with a hollow space in their center, and tooth decay can also split the tooth. Our Beachwood Dental office offers high-end tooth-colored fillings made of a composite resin material that looks natural and fills in the space left by the cavity or decay. Patients can also benefit from tooth-colored fillings if they have chipped, worn down, or cracked teeth.
The composite resin allows for a natural, realistic looking result that not only restores the strength of the tooth, but also returns the tooth back to its original cosmetic state. We encourage our patients to visit our Los Alamitos, CA office to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings and the simple steps it takes for their health and cosmetic appearance to be restored.
What to Expect
A tooth-colored filling can be performed in our Los Alamitos dentist's office with the patient under local anesthesia for any pain and discomfort. Once the patient is prepared, our dentist can use a drill to carefully remove the decayed area of the enamel. Then, our dentist will etch the tooth with an acid gel to help bond the tooth-colored filling when it is placed. The resin is applied and hardened with a special light. Our dentist will continue to apply layers of resin and harden them with the light until the tooth is strong and even. Any excess resin can be polished and smoothed with the drill.
Immediately after the filling is placed and dried, our dentist will finish and polish the tooth for smooth edges. Once the anesthesia wears off, patients may notice sensitivity to heat, cold, sweat, pressure, and more. This sensitivity is only temporary and should not last more than 1 – 2 weeks. Patients should continue a good home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental exams and cleanings. Our dentist will monitor the condition of the filling at each visit and help determine when they need a replacement.
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Cavities can happen to anyone, but they don't have to ruin the appearance and function of your teeth with tooth-colored fillings. Resin composite fillings cover areas of tooth decay and strengthen the tooth while matching your natural tooth color to blend seamlessly. Talk to one of our distinguished dentists to learn about how tooth-colored fillings can repair your teeth while keeping your smile beautiful.