Fillings can restore and protect your teeth and beautiful smile. The highly skilled dental team at Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Glendale, Arizona, offers tooth-colored fillings to treat tooth decay, cracks, and other minor tooth damage. Call the office for an appointment or use the online booking feature to find out if you’re a good candidate for a filling.
Dental fillings support your tooth structure, prevent further decay, fill a space, or restore your teeth. They are made of materials like composite resin and porcelain and blend in perfectly with the color of your natural teeth. Fillings can fill in holes in your teeth, usually following the removal of tooth decay.
Your dentist might recommend a filling if you experience tooth decay. To treat cavities and decay, your dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth, along with a minor amount of surrounding tissue.
Fillings can repair broken, cracked, or chipped teeth and teeth that are worn down because of grinding or nail-biting.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental fillings, your dental provider reviews your oral health history, takes dental X-rays, and examines your teeth and gums. Fillings are a good option for minor tooth damage or decay. If you have moderate or severe damage, your dentist might recommend a crown instead.
What happens during a dental filling placement?
While you relax in a comfortable dental chair, your dentist can numb the treatment area to optimize comfort during filling placement. They remove any decay and apply filling materials to the affected tooth in small layers using a special dental light. This light hardens each filling layer before your dentist applies the next layer.
Your provider might make small alterations during the process to ensure your filling perfectly matches your bite for optimal comfort and practicality.
To protect your new filling and prevent future decay or damage, avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice, hard candy, and popcorn kernels. Call the Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics office if your filling becomes loose or falls off. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss every day, and eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables but low in sweets and sugary drinks.
To schedule your next six-month dental exam or find out if you're a good candidate for dental fillings, call Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics today or use the online booking feature.