Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world, which means that cavities are extremely common. Most people have at least one by the time they reach adulthood, and cavities can continue to occur throughout life. If you have a cavity, our Huntington Beach dental fillings expert will usually recommend treating it with a dental filling.
A dental filling is a restoration that is used to fill the part of the tooth that has been damaged by the decay. Our expert in dental fillings in Huntington Beach uses a local anesthetic to numb the area, but sedation options may also be available for patients who are anxious or who have difficulty with dental procedures. Once you are completely numb, we will remove the decayed tissue using special tools. The area will then be cleaned of any remaining debris and bacteria.
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Although amalgam fillings have a long history in dentistry, composite fillings offer greater aesthetics and are free of mercury, which makes them popular choices. Our Huntington Beach dental fillings expert uses composite resin to create an attractive tooth-colored filling. The material is applied in thin layers and shaped to match the surface of the tooth. Once the filling is the desired shape and size, we will harden it using a special light. The final filling will be trimmed and polished for a seamless match to your tooth.
Your filling will be hardened and ready to use as soon as you leave our office, but you can take steps to keep it in like-new condition for years. You may need to avoid potentially staining drinks and foods for a day or two after you get your filling to avoid staining it. Begin with regular dental checkups and cleanings with our expert in dental fillings in Huntington Beach, and take the time every day to brush and floss correctly using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Most composite fillings can last many years when patients take care of them properly. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach.