Fillings, also known as composite bonding, can enhance your smile and restore your tooth’s structure if you have a cavity. Leading dental practitioners Vachik Danoukh, DMD, and Parham Mansouri, DDS, MS, of 360 Dental in Van Nuys, California, offer modern tooth-colored fillings right in the office. To learn more about filling treatments, book an evaluation online or call the office.
A filling is the most common treatment for a cavity (dental decay). It’s a way to replace your lost tooth structure with a material that looks and feels just like your natural tooth, but decay isn’t the only reason your dentist might suggest a filling. You may need a filling if you have:
Plus, if you have an old filling that’s broken or causing problems, or is simply unsightly — like those older silver fillings — you might just need to have your filling replaced. Modern filling treatments are quick and easy, so you won’t have to worry about pain or discomfort.
The team at 360 Dental work together to ensure your filling treatment is as quick and painless as possible. They thoroughly numb your gums with a topical gel or lidocaine injection (sometimes both). You can even opt for sedation, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to further help you relax.
Once you’re comfortable, your dedicated dental practitioner drills away any decay or old filling material. They carefully reshape your tooth for optimal filling bonding, which helps improve filling longevity.
The next step involves filling in the opening with the composite material. Your dentist applies a specialized light to help the composite dry and quickly bond to your teeth. Afterward, they file and reshape your filling (as needed) to ensure if fits in seamlessly with your natural bite.
With good oral hygiene practices, your bonded white fillings from 360 Dental can easily last for 10-15 years (sometimes longer), but it’s important to continue coming into 360 Dental twice a year for preventive cleanings and exams. Your dedicated dentist and hygienist can also teach you how to properly brush and floss your teeth at home, so your new fillings can last as long as possible.
If you need a filling, book a dental exam at 360 Dental as soon as possible. Click on the online scheduler to book or call the clinic directly.