Restore Teeth and Preserve Your Natural Smile with Composite Filling Restorations
At Gentle Care Dentistry in Azusa, California, we use safe and the latest technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat tooth decay. We also educate our patients on effective and modern techniques for preserving their oral health. And that’s not all. We are a mercury-free dental practice — we use safe composite fillings to repair cavities and work with our patients to remove any mercury-filled restorations they may have. We follow specific protocols, based on IAOMT methodology, during silver filling removals to protect our patients as well as our staff.
What you should know about composite fillings
Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored or white fillings, have replaced silver or amalgam fillings that have always been used to treat cavities. While amalgam fillings can do the job, the problem is that they look unnatural and contain a percentage of mercury that can be detrimental to your health. Furthermore, metal fillings can expand or contract due to temperature changes, creating fractures within the tooth, and possibly fracturing of the tooth itself if left for too long.
Most dental practices use white fillings because the material used — composite resin—can be modeled to match the surrounding teeth. Composite fillings are hardly noticeable — they get rid of your cavities without compromising your natural smile.
The composite filling procedure
Cavities not only look unsightly, but they can result in the tooth needing root canal or even extraction when left untreated. Fortunately, the procedure is straightforward and can take less than one hour, depending on the number of teeth to be restored.
Before filling your cavities, Dr. Brianne Luu numbs your tooth to eliminate any discomfort. Next, she removes the decayed part and clean it thoroughly to eliminate harmful bacteria. Then, she fills the decayed part layer by layer with composite resin and mold the material to take the shape of your tooth. Finally, Dr. Luu checks your bite and make any adjustments to your filling until your bite feels natural.
After the procedure, your mouth may still feel numb for the next few hours. It’s prudent not to chew or eat anything until the anesthesia wears off because you can bite your tongue or cheeks.
Tooth-colored Fillings in Azusa, California
Ready to win the battle against cavities? If yes, all you need to do is dial +1 626-466-9596 to book an appointment with Gentle Care Dentistry. We offer mercury-safe and natural-looking fillings to treat cavities.
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