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

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Overview

Dental cavities are a common problem that develops when bacteria attacks your enamel. Fillings are used to prevent bacteria from getting into the tooth and causing decay. At LifeTime Smiles of OC in Santa Ana, CA, dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth in order to restore both the appearance and function of the tooth. Along with tooth-colored fillings, Dr. Abraham also offers gold, amalgam, and porcelain fillings depending on the needs and desires of the patient. He also has a research published through the University of Minnesota Dental School regarding an improved bonding strength for fillings in order to make them last longer and remain stronger. To learn more about dental fillings, contact our facility today to schedule your consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Abraham. 

Best Candidates

Composite resin tooth-colored fillings usually cover the decayed area in the tooth once it is treated by Dr. Abraham. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to address other issues with your teeth, such as chips or excessive wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great finish. During your consultation, Dr. Abraham can also discuss alternative filling materials that may be better suited for your budget and/or needs.

What To Expect

Receiving a tooth-colored filling at LifeTime Smiles of OC is usually a simple procedure. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any fears or anxieties to keep you relaxed. After you're ready, the infected enamel can be cleared away using a dental drill that Dr. Abraham will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is treated and the area is disinfected, the area will be replaced with the composite resin and set. Dr. Abraham will smooth the filling material so it matches your other teeth.

Recovery

You will be able to return to your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages for 1 – 3 days. You can use nonprescription pain medication to treat discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems high or uneven, please contact our office. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. At your annual exam, Dr. Abraham will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.

Insurance Coverage

Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered partially by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your bill. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Abraham will discuss the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.

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Tooth-Colored Fillings

Cavities may begin as a normal problem, but it is crucial to have them fixed before they develop into a bigger issue. At LifeTime Smiles of OC in Santa Ana, CA, tooth decay and cavities may be corrected with composite resin fillings. Dr. Abraham makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a healthy, attractive smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Abraham.

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