Vasona Family Dentistry
Restorative, Cosmetic, and Geriatric Dentistry located in Los Gatos, CA
Living with a cavity doesn’t just cause pain: It can eventually lead to a tooth abscess or an infection that affects your whole body by way of your bloodstream. At Vasona Family Dentistry in Los Gatos, California, Neda Zadeh, DDS, treats cavities with durable and discreet white composite resin fillings. To discuss your need for dental fillings or find out more about the process of getting one, book an appointment by phone or online at Vasona Family Dentistry today.
Dental Fillings Q&A
What are dental fillings?
Dental fillings are a treatment for cavities or tooth decay, which can quickly destroy your teeth and cause you to lose them. The filling replaces the decayed area and reinforces your tooth’s structure and shape.
At Vasona Family Dentistry, the team uses high-quality composite materials to create your fillings. They’re durable enough to withstand the force of your bite when you bite down, chew, and speak. The team places the composite into the prepared cavity of your tooth in a liquid form, where it hardens and lasts for up to 10 years.
How can I tell if I have a cavity that needs a filling?
Cavities are a common dental complication that can happen to anyone. They develop when areas of decay form and grow on your teeth. Because they often don’t cause any pain or discomfort at first, they can be difficult to find and treat early. The team at Vasona Family Dentistry looks for signs of cavities during your six-month dental exams.
If any of the following symptoms affect your teeth, you should book an appointment to find out if you have a cavity in need of a filling right away:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Sensitivity to sweet or sugary foods
- Dark or white stains
- Visible holes
- Pain upon biting down
The team can tell you if you’re at risk of getting a cavity if you don’t already have one. They can also help you find ways to reduce your chances of getting one by changing your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits.
What is the process of getting a dental filling?
The first step in filling a cavity is removing the decayed material from the affected tooth. Your dentist then cleans the area to remove any lingering bacteria that could lead to another cavity. Once the space is clear, they fill the hole with composite resin one layer at a time. They harden each layer using a bright light before adding the next layer. Finally, they polish your tooth to make sure the filling looks shiny and smooth, just like the rest of your tooth.
Will I be able to see a filling once it’s in place?
No, you should not be able to discern the filling once it’s in place. Composite fillings, like those available at Vasona Family Dentistry, are white in color. Even if your teeth aren’t perfectly white, your dentist can make sure the color of the filling matches the color of your tooth very closely. You won’t be able to see the filling from the outside unless you know where to look and what you’re looking for. If the filling accumulates stains over time and no longer looks natural, you can request a replacement.
If you have symptoms of a cavity and want more information about dental fillings, call Vasona Family Dentistry or book a consultation online today.