Modern dental fillings blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, so no one can tell that you have a filling. With her extensive background in diagnosing and treating tooth decay, dentist Afsana Danishwar, DDS, helps patients with cavities throughout the Culver City, California, area. If you have a toothache or suspect you might need a filling, schedule an exam at Danishwar Dentistry either by calling the clinic or by using the online scheduler.
A filling is essential for “filling in” a gap where you have decay or damage. The purpose of the filling is to restore your tooth’s structure while closing off open spaces where bacteria can enter and possibly cause deep decay.
Cosmetic filling treatments are known as dental bonding. You might need dental bonding if you have a misshapen tooth, a mildly cracked tooth, or severe tooth discoloration.
Dental fillings are long-lasting if you follow good oral hygiene practices. If you brush and floss daily and keep on top of professional cleanings with your dentist twice a year, expect filling and bonding treatments to last for at least 10 years. Over time though, they could fall out or wear down and need to be replaced.
The process of getting a filling depends on the health of your tooth and whether you have any underlying decay. If you only have slight cosmetic issues or decay, you’re likely going to need minor drilling. For more severe issues, Dr. Danishwar might numb you with novocaine injections first.
After drilling out any decay and shaping your tooth, Dr. Danishwar etches your tooth with an acid gel. This step preps your tooth for a bonded filling that’s designed to be long-lasting. Next, she applies a layer of resin and uses a specialized light to harden and bond the material. Once your filling is in place, she polishes and shapes your tooth to ensure you don’t have any areas that protrude and affecting your bite.
Most patients report feeling a buzzing sensation from the drill, but not pain. Dr. Danishwar ensures that your entire procedure is painless as possible by thoroughly numbing the treatment area. If needed, she can also provide sedation, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
Stronger types of sedation, like oral sedation medication, might be beneficial if you’re having several cavities treated at the same time. These types of sedation are particularly beneficial for patients who have severe back issues or other conditions that make lying back in the dental chair uncomfortable.
If you think you need a filling, book your exam at Danishwar Dentistry by calling the clinic, or by using the online scheduling feature.