Dental fillings are one of dentistry’s most basic and time-honored treatments. They are used to improve the health and beauty of teeth that have been compromised by such things as decay, cracks, fractures, chips or are simply worn down. Such teeth are prepared by removing decayed or affected portions, then filled with a strong dental material to restore their original size and proportions, performed by your Beverly Hills dentist, Dr. Hadaegh.
Durable, Tooth-Colored Materials
There are many types of filling materials available, each with advantages and disadvantages. Teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, or the two most widely-used options: composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings – often simply called amalgam.
Although silver fillings have been used in dentistry for over 100 years, health concerns have been raised. This filling material consists of a combination of metals including mercury (a key concern for detractors), tin and copper as well as small amounts of zinc, indium or palladium. Dr. Hadaegh has chosen not to use amalgam for his patients. In fact, the doctor is often called upon to replace – or recommends himself – the replacement of these older silver fillings with newer, tooth-colored material.
Typically, the doctor will use dental composite resins for fillings, simply called composites. These composites are insoluble, insensitive to dehydration, easy to manipulate and best of all, can be closely matched to your existing teeth. They are also white in color, can be matched to the whiteness of your other teeth, are strong, stain-resistant and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
Quick, Simple Process
You’ll be happy to know that Dr. Hadaegh is dedicated to making the process of getting a filling both fast and pain-free. Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.
- Based on your preferences and Doctor’s best recommendations, you may be given a gentle dosage of local anesthesia to numb the area.
- A high-speed, low-noise drill will be used to remove the decay and further prep the tooth by shaping the space that will be filled. This step may include a liner to protect the tooth’s nerves; the liner might be fluoridated to protect the tooth from further decay.
- The filling will be placed in the hole and will often be further bonded to the tooth to aid in the prevention of further decay.
Dr. Hadaegh will test the newly restructured tooth to make certain it is the right size and fits perfectly with your existing bite.
- A special light may be used to harden the filling material and make it strong.
- Finally, Dr. Hadaegh completes the dental filling by polishing the newly filled tooth.
Once the damaged or worn tooth has been filled, the majority of patients experience no further effects. Some patients, however, fell sensitivity after a dental filling to such things as air, sweet foods, pressure or cold. If this does occur, it is typically short term, however the doctor encourages his patients to call his office if they have any concerns.
Composite fillings are highly durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile. Yet composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. The best way to stay on top of such a potential development is to follow good oral hygiene practices, healthy eating habits, and maintaining a regular schedule of dental visits.