Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria eats away at your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, which was a mixture of metals, like mercury or silver. With new advancements being made in the industry, we now know that these fillings don't fuse fully with the enamel. Since then, we have also learned that mercury may be hazardous to your overall health. At Finest City Dental in San Diego, CA, general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the affected tooth. Dr. Dovey can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and attractive treatment for cavities.
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings are used to seal the damaged area of the tooth enamel once the decay has been cleaned out by Dr. Dovey. Composite resin is a useful material that can be used to address other concerns with your teeth as well, such as chips or wear on the enamel caused by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings can be placed on the back and front teeth for a great result. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Dovey about getting them taken out and redone with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling with composite resin at Finest City Dental is generally a quick process. The treated area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for those who experience any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed. As soon as you're ready, the affected enamel can be treated using a special drill that Dr. Dovey will choose based on the location of the cavity and the amount of decay present. Once the enamel is cleared away and the area is disinfected, the cavity will be filled with the composite resin material. From there, the material will harden. Dr. Dovey will then smooth the composite resin so the shape matches your other teeth.
You will be able to get back to your normal routine once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to hot and cold foods or beverages that persists for several days. You can use nonprescription pain medicine to minimize discomfort or inflammation; however, you shouldn't experience any serious discomfort or problems. If your filling seems uneven or high, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned normally by following a regular home care routine that includes daily flossing and brushing. When you return for your annual dental examination, Dr. Dovey will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered in part by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Dovey can discuss various payment methods we accept, including medical financing.
Cavities in the teeth may start out as a small problem, but it is crucial to have them addressed before they can develop into a more expensive concern. At Finest City Dental in San Diego, CA, cavities are addressed with dental fillings. General dentist Dr. Dovey makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a healthy, beautiful smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to schedule a dental examination with Dr. Dovey.