Restore Your Smile with Discreet Tooth-Colored Fillings
A cavity can cause sensitivity and discomfort. Left untreated, decay can spread and lead to more serious oral health issues.
At Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center, Dr. Jose Valenzuela, Jr., offers dental fillings made from tooth-colored composite resin for a healthy and aesthetic result.
So why should you consider a dental filling?
So how does a filling work?
Tooth Decay Is a Common Oral Health Issue
What Are Composite Dental Fillings?
As a premier cosmetic dentist, Dr. Valenzuela, is always concerned with the aesthetics of your smile. He provides top-quality materials to create the most seamless and natural look possible. If your teeth have already been treated for decay, he can replace your original metal dental fillings with modern composite. This material will be a near-perfect match to the color of your smile. In fact, Dr. Valenzuela often includes filling replacements in smile makeovers at Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center in Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico. These modern fillings can also strengthen your teeth to prevent additional damage in the future.
Like traditional silver amalgam fillings, composite restorations can repair decayed teeth. However, this modern alternative material is made of a unique blend of plastic and glass. It comes in various shades of white. Dr. Valenzuela can easily select a color that blends in with your smile. Composite resin can address surface cavities as well as decay that is located deeper inside your teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Fillings
Composite resin fillings can have tremendous benefits for your oral health. The restorations will strengthen your teeth by preventing cracks and other structural damage. Additionally, when Dr. Valenzuela removes bacteria and decayed tissue from your teeth, the process will prevent the decay from spreading and affecting the rest of your smile.
At the same time, composite fillings are even more beneficial than traditional restorations. The most noticeable advantage is their natural appearance. Unlike amalgam fillings, they will never show or "bleed" through your natural tooth structures. Composite resin fillings also offer functional benefits. Thanks to modern innovations, these restorations are often stronger than metal. They generally require less prep work and enamel removal, and, unlike amalgam fillings, they will not compromise the structure of your tooth by expanding and contracting with changes in temperature.
How Are Dental Fillings Placed?
Prior to beginning the procedure, Dr. Valenzuela will numb your tooth and gums with a local anesthetic. After isolating your tooth to keep it clean and dry, he will place the filling layer by layer. He will sculpt the material so it has a natural look and does not offset the natural balance of your bite. When he is finished, he will polish your tooth so that the filling has the same luster as your dental enamel. If you are receiving a dental filling as part of a smile makeover treatment plan, Dr. Valenzuela will remove your silver fillings and replace them with a composite resin restoration.
If you are tired of the way your old fillings affect the look of your smile, our ultramodern composite can provide the natural look you desire.
What to Expect after You Receive Your Fillings
After you receive your filling, you should be able to enjoy complete dental function. However, you may experience some mild sensitivity for a few days. This discomfort is likely to worsen in response to heat, cold, and sugary foods, so you may need to modify your diet accordingly. If you notice that your bite seems off balance, contact Dr. Valenzuela to see if he may need to trim the restoration.
Following your initial recovery period, you should be able to enjoy a varied diet without any restrictions. Composite is remarkably strong, but it is important to remember it is not as durable as natural dental tissue. Therefore, you should not put unnecessary force on your fillings by biting your nails, chewing ice, or using your teeth to open packages.