Advantages of tooth-colored fillings
Among our Northridge patients, tooth-colored fillings are the clear choice when it comes to treating tooth decay and restoring their oral health. That’s because this option comes with a range of appealing benefits when compared to silver fillings, including:
- An enhanced cosmetic effect. Because these fillings are custom designed to blend into your teeth perfectly, they create a more appealing cosmetic appearance.
- A stronger restoration. Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to your tooth, resulting in a stronger and more durable restoration.
- Preserve more of your natural tooth. With tooth-colored fillings, we are able to treat the decay while removing less of the damaged tooth. In this way, we can preserve the strength of your tooth and ensure your restoration endures for as long as possible.
Treating decay with tooth-colored fillings
Our team will place your fillings during a single visit to our office. Placing composite fillings is one of the most common dental treatments performed today, and as such it involves a very quick and easy procedure for our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients. To begin, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure you enjoy a comfortable and completely pain-free experience. From there, we will remove any decay and damage that is present, taking special care to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Once all of the decay is cleared away, we will apply the composite material in a color that perfectly matches the rest of your teeth, to ensure an aesthetically pleasing final outcome. We will then hold a specialized light over the material to harden the restoration and ensure a durable and long-lasting repair.
Once your composite filling has been placed and your decay has been successfully treated, you will be free to leave our office and return to your normal daily routine right away. Because the filling will be completely set after the procedure, you can also resume eating your regular diet immediately, without any restrictions. You can expect the tooth to feel a bit more sensitive than usual for several days, however this will subside naturally over time, as your tooth adjusts to the new material.