When cavities threaten the health of your teeth, fillings can restore structural integrity and protect your teeth from additional damage. Krystle Fenton, DDS, and the team at Laguna Vista Dental in Elk Grove, California, offer outstanding fillings that preserve as much healthy tooth tissue as possible. When you’re ready to get started, call the office to set up a visit, or book online in just moments.
Cavities are small openings in the surface of your tooth enamel. Left untreated, this form of dental decay can continue to intrude into the deeper layers of your teeth, causing numerous problems that can eventually lead to tooth loss.
The inside of your mouth is a dynamic environment that is constantly changing. Every day, a sticky film called plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth. The bacteria in plaque creates acids that begin to wear away your tooth enamel, creating tiny holes and openings into the deeper layers.
When plaque is not removed every day, it can harden into tartar, which is difficult to remove on your own. That tartar acts as a shield for bacteria, giving it even more opportunities to eat away at your healthy tooth tissue.
Dental fillings are the treatment for cavities. They work by sealing off the openings into your tooth tissue, preventing additional damage from taking place.
Many different materials can be used for dental fillings. In decades past, metal amalgam fillings were the most common option. These fillings are durable, but they are also dark in color and easy to see.
Tooth-colored fillings offer the ability to restore healthy teeth while blending in with your natural tooth tissue. Glass isomer, ceramic, and composite resin are some options that can be created in a wide range of shades to match any smile.
Your dentist begins with X-rays or other imaging to learn more about your teeth and bone tissue. On the day of your visit, you’ll receive numbing medication to ensure you remain comfortable from start to finish.
Once you’re numb, your dentist removes all traces of decayed tooth tissue, carefully preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. The area is cleansed to remove all traces of bacteria and other material before placing the filling material into the cavity. The exterior is polished to create a smooth finish, completing the restoration.
Laguna Vista Dental offers the latest technology to ensure you receive top-quality care. Laser dentistry may be part of your treatment plan, and you can rest assured your fillings are made of the best available materials.
When you’re ready to take action, call the office to set up a visit, or book an appointment online in just moments.