Dental fillings are among the most common and essential dental treatments to restore damaged or decayed teeth to their natural form and function. Dental fillings provide a simple and effective solution to prevent further damage and preserve oral health when tooth decay, fractures, or wear compromises the tooth's structure.
Tooth decay is a prevalent oral health issue affecting people of all ages. If left untreated, decay can progress and lead to more extensive damage, potentially reaching the tooth's inner pulp, resulting in severe pain and the need for more invasive treatments. Dental fillings are crucial in addressing early-stage decay and minor tooth damage, preventing further deterioration, and preserving the tooth's natural structure and function. Visit At Wayne T. Yee, DDS, for the best dental care.
Made of a combination of metals (silver, tin, copper, and mercury), amalgam fillings have been used for decades due to their durability and affordability.
Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored or white fillings, are made of plastic and fine glass particles. They blend seamlessly with the natural tooth color, making them aesthetically pleasing.
Ceramic fillings are custom-made restorations that match the natural tooth color and provide excellent strength and durability.
Gold fillings, while less common nowadays, offer exceptional longevity and are well-tolerated by gum tissues.
Before beginning the procedure, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth. This ensures a pain-free experience during the filling placement. The dentist will use specialized dental instruments to remove the decayed or damaged parts of the tooth, leaving behind a clean and healthy tooth structure. The chosen filling material (amalgam, composite, ceramic, or gold) is placed in layers into the prepared tooth cavity. Each layer is hardened using a curing light. Once the filling material is in place, the dentist will shape and polish the filling to ensure a comfortable bite and a seamless blend with the natural tooth surface.
Dental fillings offer a simple and effective solution whether you need to address cavities, minor fractures, or wear. If you suspect you have tooth decay or experience dental discomfort, contact Wayne T. Yee, DDS, at 3125 Coffee Rd # 1, Modesto, CA 95355, or call (209) 529-2726.