Dentists have long used dental fillings to fill cavities in order to prevent them from becoming worse. A dental filling will also protect the area where the cavity was drilled by sealing it off from bacteria. In recent years, however, dental fillings have become advanced to the point where dentists are able to apply fillings that match the exact color of a patients tooth for a flawless restoration.
Many people avoid the dentist because they are worried that the procedures they require will be noticeable and make their teeth look even more unsightly than the oral health issue they have does. This misconception often comes from past experiences where they received a dental filling that was made of gold or silver and not discreet in any way. These days dentists are working hard to erase these misconceptions by providing the most advanced fillings available.
The tooth colored fillings used by our expert in dental fillings in West Hollywood are made of dental grade porcelain or other resins that are designed to be extremely strong and durable While still allowing them to be colored to the exact same shade as the patients natural tooth. Metal fillings that were used in the past could react with certain substances that caused discomfort for the patient. The tooth colored fillings that are used today are specially formulated to react well with the natural functions of the body.
Our dentist recommends such fillings to patients who have minor cavities. A small cavity can be easily drilled out and then filled to protect it from further damage. A cavity that is left untreated for a long period of time, however, can turn into tooth decay that requires more extensive treatment with procedures such as a root canal. This is one reason it is especially important for patients to schedule regular visits to the dentist, so that such problems can be caught and treated early.
If you have not seen a dentist in a while or you believe you may have a minor cavity that needs to be filled, contact our office today to learn more about how tooth colored fillings can help you.