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.
here 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.
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.
Dr. Hadaegh will test the newly restructured tooth to make certain it is the right size and fits perfectly with your existing bite.
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.
Schedule a consultation with premier Beverly Hills Dentist Neil N. Hadaegh, DDS. Your best smile calls for genuine care, personalized treatment, state-of-the-art technology, and expert precision. Contact us to design, achieve, and maintain your best smile in Beverly Hills with the help of renowned dentist Dr. Neil N. Hadaegh.
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