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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings offer an effective and affordable solution to restore teeth damaged by tooth decay. At Rachelle T. Flores, DMD, we are committed to providing our valued patients with quality, durable restorations for long-term healthy smiles. You can always expect gentle care that exceeds your expectations.

What Is a Dental Filling?

Fillings are dental materials used to repair cavities, or small holes, caused by bacterial acids that have eroded, or eaten through the tooth enamel. They also offer a restorative dentistry solution to repair chipped, fractured, broken, or worn teeth. Dental fillings help restore the natural appearance and function of damaged teeth and protect the tooth structure from further deterioration.

Why Should You Restore a Tooth Using Dental Fillings?

Unlike the rest of the body, your teeth cannot heal themselves when they are decayed, damaged, or infected. Removing the decay then placing a filling restores the health of your tooth. If left untreated, a cavity can expand, reaching deeper into the tooth, ultimately destroying it. The affected tooth may eventually require root canal therapy or even extraction, which in turn, would require a crown, bridge, or implant to restore your healthy smile. Fillings halt the decay process, saving your tooth and preventing costly and involved procedures down the road.

What Is the Dental Filling Procedure?

The dental filling procedure is routine and relatively simple. We will start by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area. Treating your tooth involves removing the decayed portion, followed by cleaning, sterilizing, and filling the cavity with a material designed to restore its form, health, function, and integrity. 

What Are the Types of Dental Fillings?

There are various types of filling materials. The one we choose will depend on the extent of the decay and the desired aesthetic outcomes. The most common filling materials are amalgam (silver), composite resin, and porcelain. Metal fillings are more commonly used on the molars because they don't show when you smile. However, you may opt for a tooth-colored, metal-free option, regardless of the filling location. Tooth-colored fillings are preferred for the front teeth, where a natural appearance is important. They can also restore decayed back teeth, depending on the extent of the decay. We will work with you to help you decide on the filling material that works best for you.

Caring for Teeth with Dental Fillings

Caring for teeth with fillings is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Maintain proper oral hygiene practices, which include thorough brushing at least twice a day, and flossing daily. Make sure you keep up with your routine dental exams and cleanings twice a year to allow us to monitor your oral health and your restorations, and to lower your risk of future cavities and gum disease.

Dental Fillings Near Me

Contact Rachelle T. Flores, DMD in San Diego, CA, to learn more about restoring your smile using dental fillings. With our unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding dental care, you can trust that your smile is in capable hands.


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