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Tooth-Colored Fillings (Composite Fillings for Dental Cavities) – Orange, CA

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About Tooth-Colored fillings

Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria erodes your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of different metals, such as mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't bond well with the enamel, and the mercury is hazardous to your health. At Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. in Orange, CA, general dentist Dr. Patrick Yoshikane uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Yoshikane can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment of cavities.

Best Candidates

Composite resin tooth colored fillings are a useful material that may be used to treat problems with your teeth, such as areas of decay, chips or enamel that has been worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Yoshikane about getting them taken out and replaced with composite resin.

What To Expect

Receiving a filling at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. is typically an easy process. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any fears or dental anxieties to keep you relaxed. Once you're ready, the decayed enamel can be removed using a unique dental drill that Dr. Yoshikane will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is removed and the area is disinfected, the previously drilled out space will be replaced with the composite material and set with a special light. Dr. Yoshikane will smooth the filling so it matches your other teeth.

Recovery

You will be able to resume your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for a few days. You can use nonprescription pain relief medication to address any discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems too high or uneven, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing.

anticipated costs

Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will speak with your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your personal cost. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Yoshikane will go over the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.

seek a Seamless smile

Dental cavities may begin as a common problem, but it is crucial to have them treated before they develop into a larger problem. At Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. in Orange, CA, small areas of tooth decay may be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Yoshikane makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you think you have tooth decay, contact us to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Yoshikane.

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