Tooth fillings provide a quick and convenient way to address minor tooth decay. At Century Park Dental Care in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California, Jaami Baig, DDS, and Shaan Baig, DDS, use tooth fillings to preserve teeth and transform smiles. Schedule an appointment with the online booking tool, or call the office today.
Tooth fillings are a type of dental restoration that repair decaying enamel. They’re made of various materials — including composite resin, gold, or porcelain — and help restore your tooth to its near-original condition.
The team at Century Park Dental Care uses fillings to treat mild or moderate decay. Because cavities don’t always present obvious symptoms, it’s important to schedule routine checkups at least twice a year.
Common symptoms of tooth decay include:
If you suspect you have a cavity, contact the office right away.
Getting a tooth filling typically takes less than 30 minutes. At the beginning of your appointment, the team conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your symptoms. They then take oral X-rays to determine the extent of the decay.
After the team assesses your tooth, they administer a local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia sets in, they remove the decaying portion of your tooth and fill the hole with a composite resin material. They then point a special light at the resin to cure and harden it.
Gold and porcelain fillings take two appointments. The process is basically the same, but instead of filling your tooth right away, the team takes impressions and sends them to a lab that fabricates your filling.
Following your filling appointment, you can return to normal activities like work or school right away. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some mild soreness or sensitivity, but that should subside within 24 hours.
To limit discomfort, Century Park Dental Care recommends:
You might also want to chew on the opposite side of your mouth when snacking or eating a meal.
Tooth fillings can last anywhere from 5-20 years, depending on the material used. To keep yours in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene.
The team at Century Park Dental Care recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To further explore the benefits of tooth fillings, request a consultation at Century Park Dental Care by phone or online today.