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More About Fillings
Fillings are used to replace decayed portions of teeth that may be broken, cracked or affected by cavities. Without such replacements, decayed teeth portions could cause toothache, sharp throbbing pain, or sensitivity to hot/cold food and beverages. Tooth fillings relieve you of these kinds of pain and prevent teeth decay and infections.
With modern technology, patients can aesthetically restore their natural smile, prevent fractures and chew food with ease by getting new tooth fillings or replacing existing ones. Tooth fillings are a durable and natural-looking option for dealing with cavities and improving tooth functionalities.
If you’ve experienced relatively minor damage to your teeth due to a cavity, tooth fillings will replace your decayed and damaged tooth materials. They will protect your teeth from further decay and reduce sensitivity by covering areas that are missing their protective enamel.
If your teeth are hurting or you think you have a cavity, schedule an appointment with us so we can put together a treatment plan to ease and fix your pain.
The dentist starts by removing any of the decaying and dead tooth enamel that cannot be saved with a small drill, and then cleans out the cavity to prepare it for filling. They then place the filling material into the cavity, and finish by cleaning and polishing the tooth.
- Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Decreasing the gap between teeth
Temporary fillings are generally recommended in cases where multiple sessions are required to design and cast a permanent filling. Since walking around with an open cavity is dangerous for your oral health, dentists will use a temporary filling to bridge the gap in time.
After Dr. Alvarez numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, she will remove any decayed portions. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond, and hardened and cured with a special light. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothened and polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.
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With professional dental services, a comfortable environment, and welcoming care, our team want to help you make those remarkable moments in your life shine brighter with your smile.
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Our qualified financial team will do all it can to make sure that expense does not prevent you from receiving the quality care you need and desire. We have developed different financial options to help you facilitate your goals.
We serve the great people of Mission Viejo and Orange County. We look forward to providing you with the professional, progressive dental care and customer service our patients have come to expect.
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