Help Restore Your Damaged Teeth & Prevent Further Decay

An untreated damaged tooth can be painful and lead to more serious mouth diseases. A tooth filling is a fast, practical, and durable solution.

To treat a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material once lived.

Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding ).

A dental filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out the cavity with a filling material.

Also, helps prevent a tooth extraction. An untreated damaged tooth can lead to infection in your gums and teeth, hence, a lot of pain in your mouth.

With our Clairemont dentist, a metal-free filling material is inserted into the tooth to repair any damage where it then prevents the further spread of decay. Tooth fillings are placed in just a single appointment, restoring function, beauty, and health.

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How Do You Know if You Need a Tooth Filling

Our Clairemont dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs a filling. During a checkup, will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth.

Using unique instruments, we will check for anything that looks abnormal. May also X-ray your entire mouth or a section of it. The type of treatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.

What Does The Cavity Filling Procedure Involve?

The dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Next, a drill, air abrasion instrument or laser will be used to remove the decayed area. The choice of instrument depends on the individual dentist’s comfort level, training, and investment in the particular piece of equipment as well as location and extent of the decay.

  • First, your dentist will probe or test the area during the decay removal process to determine if it’s clean. Once we remove the decay, your dentist will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris.If the decay is near the root, your dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve. After the filling is in, your dentist will finish and polish it.
  • Several additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings and are as follows. After your dentist has removed the decay and cleaned the area, she will apply the tooth-colored material in layers.
  • Next, a special light that “cures” or hardens each layer is applied. When the multilayering process is over your dentist will shape the composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material and polish the final restoration.
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Fillings for Teeth: What Are Your Options?

There is the standard filling, and then there are cosmetic fillings performed for aesthetic reasons. These are known as onlays and inlays. Our dental office uses composite resins and porcelains that are both safe and reliable.

No one type of filling is best for everyone. What’s right for you is determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, wherein your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost. Different materials include:

  • Composite resins: matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used to obtain natural appearance. We use the newest and highest quality material in the market right now, so these resins won’t get stains. However, good dental hygiene is always recommended to keep them good as new.
  • Porcelain fillings: called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration covers most of the tooth. Their cost is similar to gold.
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Does Insurance Cover Dental Bonding?

Average price for teeth fillings in the United States is at about $500 per filling depending on the materials used in the procedure. In some places, like Beverly Hills, they can reach $6,000 or higher.

The average cost for teeth fillings in Clairemont, San Diego may vary by size, location, and condition of the tooth. It will also depend on the materials used in the procedure.

At Serena Cosmetic Dentistry, we accept most PPO dental insurance plans. We will be more than happy to submit all insurance forms for you and help you recover the most from your oral health problems than ever before.

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What is the Difference Between Direct & Indirect Tooth Filling?

Indirect fillings are similar to composite or tooth-colored fillings except that they are made in a dental laboratory and require two visits before being placed. Indirect fillings are an option when the tooth structure remains is not enough to support a filling, but the damage of the tooth isn’t sufficient that it needs a crown.

During the first visit, we will remove any decay or any old fillings you may have. An impression is taken to record the shape of the tooth and the teeth around it.

We send the impression to a dental laboratory that will make the indirect filling. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth while your restoration is ready.

During the second visit, removing the temporary filling will be the first thing the dentist will do, then she will check the fit of the indirect restoration. Provided the fit is acceptable, it will be fixed permanently into place.

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The Difference Between Dental Onlays & Inlays

  • Inlays are similar to fillings, but the entire work lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of the tooth.
  • Onlays are more extensive than inlays, covering one or more cusps. Onlays are sometimes called partial crowns.
  • Inlays and onlays are more durable and last much longer than traditional fillings – up to 30 years. They may contain tooth-colored composite resin, porcelain or gold. Inlays and onlays weaken the tooth structure but do so to a much lower extent than traditional fillings.

Another type of inlay and onlay – direct inlays and onlays – follow the same processes and procedures as the indirect, the difference is that direct inlays and onlays are made in the dental office and can be ready in one visit.

The type of inlay or onlay used depends on how much sound tooth structure remains and consideration of any cosmetic concerns.

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What’s a Temporary Filling and Why Would I Need One?

Temporary fillings are necessary under the following circumstances:

  • For filings that require more than one appointment – for example, before placement of gold fillings and for certain filling procedures (called indirect fillings) that use composite materials.
  • Following a root canal.
  • To allow a tooth’s nerve to “settle down” if the pulp became irritated.
  • If emergency dental treatment is needed (such as to address a toothache).

Temporary fillings are just that; they are not meant to last. They usually fall out, fracture, or wear out within one month. Be sure to contact your dentist to have your temporary filling replaced with a permanent one. If you don’t, your tooth could become infected, or you could have other complications.

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Are Amalgam Type Fillings Safe For Use?

Over the past several years, many concerns regarding silver-colored fillings, otherwise called amalgams have appeared. Because amalgams contain the toxic substance mercury, some people think that amalgams are responsible for causing some diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

The American Dental Association (ADA), the FDA, and numerous public health agencies say amalgams are safe, and that any link between mercury-based fillings and disease is unfounded. The causes of autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis remain unknown. Additionally, there is no solid, scientific evidence to back up the claim that if a person has amalgam fillings removed, the disease will disappear.

As recently as March of 2002, the FDA reconfirmed the safety of amalgams. Although amalgams do contain mercury, when they mix with other metals, such as silver, copper, tin, and zinc, they form a stable alloy that dentists have used for more than 100 years to fill and preserve hundreds of millions of decayed teeth. The National Institutes of Health has several large-scale studies currently under way to ultimately answer many of the questions raised about silver-colored amalgams.

How Should I Care for My Teeth With Fillings?

To maintain your fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene practices – visit your dentist regularly for cleanings, brush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and floss at least once daily. If your dentist suspects that a filling might be cracked or is “leaking” (when the sides of the filling don’t fit tightly against the tooth).

Allows debris and saliva to seep down between the filling and the tooth, which can lead to decay), he or she will take X-rays to assess the situation. If your tooth is extremely sensitive, if you feel a sharp edge, if you notice a crack in the filling, or if a piece of the filling is missing, call your dentist for an appointment.

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We provide exceptional dental care using state-of-the-art technology to bring out the best in every smile.

With the Sirona CEREC MC XL milling machine for CAD/CAM (Computer Assisted Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing), we can create a dental crown in San Diego with absolute accuracy on the same day of your visit.

Dr. Serena Kurt produces unmatchable beautiful porcelain crowns with virtually zero margins of error with the German-engineered device.

Latest News & Articles Regarding Your Oral Health

Take some time to read the latest news and articles regarding your oral health. This includes helpful tips on how to improve your dental health and articles regarding innovations in the dental world. In the meantime, we also included some tips to make your dental tourism trip much easier and comfortable.

Finally, we also include some interesting reads for a better understanding of the medical dental field. At Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry  we care about you, but most of all, we value your trust.

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