Dental Fillings IN SCRIPPS RANCH

what are dental fillings?

Dental fillings are materials used to fill the inside of a tooth that has a cavity or has lost its structure due to dental trauma. Fillings replace the tooth’s structure and restore its function and appearance. 

If cavities are caught early enough, fillings are effective tools in stopping them in their tracks to prevent worsening decay. This ultimately saves you tons of time and money on complex procedures like root canals and extractions that could have been avoided.

At Scripps Rock Dental, we exclusively use tooth-colored composite resin fillings because of their superior aesthetics and minimal preparation. We no longer have to fill cavities with unsightly silver fillings that contain mercury and require a large amount of enamel to be removed from your tooth.

Composite resin fillings blend in with your natural teeth to offer strong support to your tooth. They also enable us to leave most of your tooth intact with less drilling and don’t require as many appointments. 

A composite resin filling will last for 7-10 years with proper care. You’re also free to eat whatever you want as soon as the numbing agent wears off! If you need a dental filling, contact us at Scripps Rock Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony Hatch or Dr. Shivi Gupta.

the filling process

Dr. Anthony Hatch or Dr. Shivi Gupta will take x-rays of your teeth to look for signs of cavities or perform an oral exam to identify teeth that have been damaged from dental trauma. This is important to identify the extent of the damage and decay and identify and determine if it can be treated with a dental filling.

We begin the filling process by numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic. Any present decay will need to be drilled out and this numbing agent ensures that you won’t feel any pain. After drilling the decay, it’s time to fill your tooth.

We first prepare the surface of your tooth by etching the tooth with an acid gel. This roughens the tooth to encourage better bonding between the resin material and the tooth. Then, the composite resin is applied in layers and cured with UV light after each layer. Finally, we’ll smooth the filling so it blends in with your natural teeth and the tooth will be polished to prevent staining.

benefits of dental fillings

Dental fillings are strong and durable materials that are effective at treating cavities and restoring the health of your teeth. With proper care and oral hygiene, a dental filling can last for well over a decade. 

Fillings are also incredibly cost-effective, minimally invasive, and quick treatments. Leaving a cavity untreated can result in a tooth infection that needs endodontic treatment. This type of procedure will be much more expensive and take multiple appointments to perform.

Other benefits of dental fillings include:
- Improved smile aesthetics
- Strengthened tooth
- Restore the tooth’s structure
- Assist with functions like chewing and speaking
- Prevent infection
- Prevents worsening decay
- Repairs tooth structure from damage

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Most people with healthy mouths can get veneers. Here are a few factors that may determine if you’re eligible:

Oral Health

You must have a healthy mouth free of gum disease, tooth decay, and other such issues to get veneers.

Orthodontic Issues

If you have severe issues with your jaw or bite alignment, these will need to be treated before you can get veneers.

Teeth Grinding

To get veneers, you must not grind your teeth or you may need to get a nightguard to protect your teeth. This helps prevent premature damage to your new smile.

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