Dental Fillings

Even when we take great care of our teeth, it's not uncommon for tooth decay to develop. When a cavity is identified, it's important to visit your local Elk Grove dentist as soon as you can to resolve the issue and prevent further decay from occurring. Contact our office today to learn more about our services or schedule your next visit. We'd love to help you restore your smile back to a healthy state!

When is a dental filling necessary?

A dental filling can become necessary when a tooth develops a cavity due to decay or damage. The purpose of a filling is to restore the tooth's structure and function by filling in the cavity and preventing further decay or infection. Without intervention, the decay can progress, leading to more extensive damage, potential tooth loss, and even complications affecting surrounding teeth and gums. Thus, timely placement of a dental filling is essential to preserve the tooth's health and integrity while preventing the need for more invasive treatments like root canals or extractions.

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, offer several advantages over traditional metal amalgam fillings. Composite fillings blend seamlessly with the natural color of the tooth, providing a more aesthetic result. They also bond directly to the tooth, requiring less removal of healthy tooth material and preserving more of the tooth's structure. Additionally, tooth-colored fillings are always free of mercury, making them a safer option for patients concerned about potential health risks associated with amalgam fillings.

How long do composite dental fillings last?

Composite dental fillings typically last between 5 to 10 years, depending on various factors such as oral hygiene habits, bite forces, and the location of the filling. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, composite fillings can provide durable and long-lasting restoration for decayed or damaged teeth. During your routine check-ups, our team will assess your fillings and other dental restorations, and we will make a recommendation for when we believe you should have your filling replaced with a new one.

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