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Composite Dental Fillings in Laguna Hills, CA

 

Fix Your Smile and Protect Against Cavities

General dentistry at Loberg Dental Center - Laguna HillsWhether you grapple with cavities, tooth decay, or dental imperfections, the answer lies in composite dental fillings. At Löberg Dental Center, we integrate cutting-edge dental technology to plan and administer dental fillings in a single visit. Dr. Leif Löberg and our adept team are committed to delivering unparalleled dental services. Learn more by calling (949) 586-1930

 

What are Dental Fillings?

Composite dental fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, repair teeth affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. These fillings are made of a mixture of resin materials, such as plastic and glass particles, which can be color-matched to blend seamlessly with the natural color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide functional and aesthetic benefits, making them a popular choice. 

 

Benefits of Dental Fillings

Dental fillings come with several benefits, including:

  • Restoration of Tooth Structure: Dental fillings play a pivotal role in restoring and fortifying teeth affected by decay or damage. By eliminating compromised areas, they ensure the structural integrity of the tooth, preventing further deterioration.
  • Functional Renewal: Addressing cavities and imperfections, dental fillings contribute to the functional renewal of affected teeth. This, in turn, supports comfortable biting and chewing, enabling individuals to enjoy their favorite foods without discomfort.
  • Aesthetic Enhancement: In the realm of aesthetic dentistry, dental fillings shine. Modern options, such as composite resin fillings, seamlessly blend with the natural color of teeth. This aesthetic enhancement not only restores the tooth but also enhances the overall appearance of the smile.
  • Prevention of Further Damage: Dental fillings act as a proactive shield against the progression of decay. Creating a protective barrier prevents the decay from spreading and potentially saves teeth from more extensive and invasive dental procedures.
  • Versatility in Material Choices: The variety of materials available for dental fillings allows for customization based on individual needs and preferences. Options like amalgam, composite resin, and porcelain offer diverse choices, considering factors such as durability, aesthetics, and budget.

 

Candidacy for Dental Fillings

dentist speaking to patiientDetermining whether dental fillings are suitable involves assessing various factors related to the individual's oral health. Common considerations include:

  • Presence of Cavities or Decay: Dental fillings are ideal for individuals with cavities or decayed areas on their teeth. These restorations effectively eliminate the decay and fortify the tooth.
  • Damage or Fractures: Teeth with damage, cracks, or fractures can benefit from dental fillings, restoring structural integrity and preventing further complications.
  • Desire for Aesthetic Restoration: Those seeking a natural-looking restoration to enhance their smile find dental fillings, especially tooth-colored options, to be an appealing choice.
  • Preservation of Tooth Structure: Dental fillings, particularly composite resin ones, require minimal removal of healthy tooth structure, making them suitable for those prioritizing conservation.
  • Comprehensive Oral Health Evaluation: Consult a dentist for a thorough oral health assessment to determine the most suitable type of dental filling and ensure optimal results.

 

The Dental Filling Procedure

Tooth Preparation

The process begins with the skilled hands of your dentist preparing the affected tooth. Any decayed or damaged portions are carefully removed, and the tooth is shaped to create an ideal surface for the filling material.

Material Selection

Depending on your specific needs and preferences, your dentist selects the most suitable filling material. Options include durable amalgam, tooth-colored composite resin for aesthetic appeal, or porcelain for a natural look.

Color Matching (for Composite Fillings)

In the case of composite fillings, your dentist meticulously selects a shade that closely mirrors the natural color of your teeth. This ensures a seamless blend with your smile, enhancing the overall aesthetics.

Layering and Bonding

The chosen filling material is applied in layers onto the prepared tooth. Each layer is carefully shaped and bonded to the tooth using a dental adhesive. This bonding process establishes a strong connection between the filling material and the tooth structure.

Curing

Sedation dentistry at Loberg Dental Center - Laguna HillsFollowing the layering process, a curing light is employed to harden the composite material. This light activates bonding agents in the material, causing it to harden and become durable.

Shaping and Polishing

After the curing process, your dentist meticulously shapes and contours the filling to fit your bite. The final touch involves polishing the filling to achieve a smooth surface, enhancing both the appearance and feel of the restored tooth.

 

Aftercare for Dental Fillings

While the dental filling procedure marks a significant step in oral health restoration, proper aftercare is paramount to ensure longevity and comfort. Here's a guide to post-filling care:

  • Adhering to Oral Hygiene Practices: Maintain a diligent oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing and flossing. This helps prevent the accumulation of plaque and reduces the risk of future cavities.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule routine dental check-ups to allow your dentist to monitor the condition of the filled tooth and address any emerging issues promptly.
  • Avoiding Excessive Force: Be cautious with activities that involve excessive force on your teeth, such as biting hard objects or grinding your teeth. This precaution helps preserve the integrity of the filling.
  • Monitoring Sensitivity: Some temporary sensitivity or mild discomfort may occur after the procedure. If these symptoms persist or worsen, consult with your dentist promptly.
  • Balanced Diet: Maintain a balanced diet rich in nutrients to support oral health. Limit the consumption of sugary and acidic foods that can contribute to tooth decay.

Financing Dental Fillings

At Löberg Dental, we stand by our mission to provide affordable, high-quality dental care that accommodates your budget. Recognizing that insurance coverage may not encompass all dental and orthodontic needs, we extend multiple payment options to our valued patients.

Our flexible payment solutions include:

  • CareCredit: Offering a versatile financing option, CareCredit allows you to manage your dental expenses with convenient monthly payments.
  • In-House Financing: Our in-house financing option provides you with a tailored payment plan that aligns with your financial comfort.
  • 0% Interest: Benefit from our 0% interest option, ensuring that you receive the necessary dental care without incurring additional financial burdens.
  • No Money Down with Third-Party Financing: For those seeking a hassle-free approach, our third-party financing option allows you to proceed with dental treatments with no upfront costs.

To embark on a journey of award-winning dental care, schedule your Complimentary New Patient Exam today. Simply call (949) 586-1930 or use our convenient online form.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do tooth fillings last?

Tooth fillings' lifespan typically ranges between five to 10 years. With proper oral care and regular dental check-ups, they can often last even longer.

Does getting tooth fillings hurt?

During the dental filling procedure, local anesthesia is administered to numb the area, ensuring a pain-free experience. Some patients may experience temporary sensitivity or mild discomfort after the procedure, which usually subsides within a few days.

Are composite fillings better than silver fillings?

Composite fillings offer advantages like a natural appearance, preservation of tooth structure, and reduced sensitivity. They’re often considered superior to silver (amalgam) fillings, which may be more noticeable and require more removal of healthy tooth structure.

What happens if you don't fill a cavity?

If a cavity is left untreated, it can progress and lead to more severe dental issues, such as infections and abscesses. Ultimately, untreated cavities may result in the need for more extensive and costly dental procedures, including root canals or tooth extractions. Addressing cavities promptly is crucial to prevent further complications.

 

Shield Your Smile From Cavities with Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dr. Löberg stands is a trusted dental professional, and has helped countless patients enhance their smiles with dental fillings. Tooth-colored composite fillings ensure a seamless integration with your existing teeth, reviving your smile's beauty and confidence.

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