Our dental fillings treat tooth decay and protect smiles from infection and even tooth loss. Additionally, we use metal-free materials that are holistic and biocompatible! In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA, dentist talks about how we place lifelike and holistic mercury-free dental fillings to treat tooth decay!
Often, amalgam dental fillings contain trace amounts of mercury, which can make them unsafe for young children, the elderly, or pregnant women. People with metal allergies obviously have issues with these as well. We want to provide restorations that are biocompatible, meaning they bond with your tooth and provide years of protection, without risking your overall health. In addition to containing mercury, metal restorations like fillings can change shape with time and temperature, which increases the risk of further decay or reinfection later on in life. But with a metal-free option, we have a safe and lifelike approach to treating your cavities.
Creating and Placing Your Restorations
The process of creating and placing them only takes one visit, so you can return to your normal routine much sooner. To begin, our team will gently numb your tooth so you’re comfortable as we remove all decay and gently etch the outer surfaces of the tooth. We then prepare and place the composite resin filling material, which we shade to blend with the tooth and offer a natural appearance. We apply this in multiple layers and as the composite resin cures under a light, we will stop and mold the tooth. The last step is to polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. The same material can be used in our dental bonding procedure to treat damage and mask common cosmetic concerns in only one visit.
When to Seek Treatment
When should you seek a dental filling from our team? We treat tooth decay with these, and when you attend six-month checkup and cleaning visits, we can identify cavities in the earliest stages, often before you develop any discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until the issue reaches a more advanced stage, at which point your toothaches or feels sensitive, and treatment is crucial for avoiding the onset of an infection. If you have any questions about how we treat tooth decay with a lifelike and safe restoration, or if you have an aching tooth that needs attention, then reach out to our team today. We can offer treatment before the year ends and your 2023 dental benefits expire, and before you lose the last of your 2023 health savings account funds.
Ready for a Dental Restoration That Looks Natural?
Our team wants to treat your tooth decay and offer lifelike results in only one visit. To schedule a visit with our team, give us a call at Modern Smiles in North Hollywood, CA at (818)763-9353.