Tooth-Colored Fillings Arcadia CA
Dental decay happens when bacteria create an acidic environment in your mouth that eats away at your protective enamel. Once decay reaches the softer inside of your tooth, it can cause pain and make it more susceptible to fractures, infection, and tooth loss.
In most cases, decay does not display any symptoms until it is quite severe. That is why we monitor your teeth with dental x-rays. By taking regular x-rays, and keeping up with your preventive care, we can spot decay before it causes pain and tooth loss.
How to Prevent Decay
While genetics play some role in the health of your teeth, you can do a lot to protect your smile. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding sugary or starchy snacks, tobacco use, and both regular and diet soda all contribute to the health of your teeth.
Twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular dental cleanings not only help prevent tooth decay, but also prevent gum disease. An experienced dentist will be able to help you determine the best dental treatments for your needs.
Most people will experience at least one cavity during their lifetimes. At Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we restore the health of your teeth using tooth-colored fillings.
How Composite Fillings Work
Unlike with amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings require only the removal of the diseased portion of your tooth. We seal your tooth and protect it using a composite material that comes in a variety of shades to match your smile.
Dr. Kim will choose a shade that complements your smile, place the filling material in the affected area of your tooth, and then cure it. After the material has cured, she will smooth it so that it feels comfortable and very much like your natural tooth.
You can eat regularly right after your composite filling. Any sensitivity will subside quickly, and you will soon feel like yourself again.
After receiving large fillings, it is common to experience some cold sensitivity due to the proximity of the filling to the nerve. Don't worry if you experience this kind of sensitivity as it should dissipate quickly and disappear entirely around 4 weeks after the procedure.
If you experience heat sensitivity or pain upon biting, you should schedule a post-operative check-up appointment as soon as possible with your dentist. These may be signs of a problem with your filling.
Other Uses for Composite
You may have heard of dental bonding. Bonding is a process of adding to your natural tooth structure to change the appearance of your smile. It is non-invasive and can correct esthetic problems such as gaps, chips, and misshapen teeth.
Since we complete dental bonding in our Arcadia dental office, it is an affordable and easy way to correct small flaws without the need of lab-created dental restorations.
Comfort is Our Priority
We understand that many patients experience anxiety when it comes to even the most common dental procedures. At our office, Dr. Kim places a big emphasis on patient comfort. Her kindness, compassion, and gentle nature allow you to have pain-free dentistry in a comfortable and caring environment. Our entire team is committed to giving you outstanding dentistry without discomfort.
Schedule Your Next Exam
If you want a dental office that partners with you in health by taking a preventive approach, contact our practice to schedule your next exam. One of our helpful team members will be able to answer your questions and find an appointment with Dr. Maria Kim that works with your schedule.