Our fillings prevent complications of untreated cavities and replicate the strength and beauty of natural teeth
You likely know tooth decay is common. But it’s actually the most common type of disorder – second only to the common cold. It’s estimated 92% of American adults aged 20 to 64 have sustained at least one cavity. Dental decay is the most prevalent disease among children — more common than obesity, asthma, and diabetes. This decay process manifests as a cavity, a hole, or an eroded area in the tooth. Without proper treatment, cavities grow. Unabated, the process can lead to painful infections (abscesses) and tooth loss.
Los Alamitos Dental Care in Los Alamitos, California, repairs cavities with fillings. Our fillings prevent further damage to the tooth that results in the need for time-consuming, costly, and aggressive restorative treatments. Furthermore, our tooth-colored dental fillings are made from a blend of materials that ideally “mimic” the appearance of natural tooth enamel.
What to expect from cavity treatment at our office
As a filling material, composite resin is a blend of plastic and glass-like particles. It may be perfectly color-matched to blend with the rest of the tooth surrounding it. The composite may also be placed conservatively. What this means is one of our six dentists can apply the material with minimal alteration of the tooth. Only the damaged area is treated. The rest of the tooth outside of the eroded area is left untouched.
This tissue-preserving approach makes for a more comfortable treatment process. It also supports long-term satisfaction with the treated tooth. There is more tooth for the composite to hold on to for its support. This feature contributes favorably to the sustained strength and durability of the filling. Also, any time we can maximize the amount of natural, healthy tooth structure, the more likely that the tooth will look and feel natural, too.
Patients with a history of sensitivities to metals also appreciate that non-metal composite wears well and is not associated with adverse effects to neighboring tissues.
There are more options for patients needing restorative care than ever before. Individuals with cavities are not limited to dark or silver-colored metal fillings that do not blend in with the rest of the smile. Likewise, composite fillings can look and feel as great as the day they were placed as long as you treat them with good care at home and via professional services at our office in Los Alamitos, CA.
Call (562) 539-0011 with questions or to schedule your appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!