Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings

Fewer and fewer patients are in need of a filling these days, but that doesn’t mean cavities are no longer a possibility. If plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your tooth enamel, they will eventually penetrate the surface of your teeth.

Cavities are easily treated, with fillings taking no more than 30 minutes to complete. If Dr. Kohani finds a cavity during a routine cleaning and evaluation, he will assess its severity and determine the best way to fill it.

Why Are Fillings Important?

Cavities are generally small holes that are noticeable on the surface of the tooth enamel. Although you may experience some symptoms, like tooth sensitivity and pain, many cavities are asymptomatic. During your biannual checkup, Dr. Kohani can assess your dental health and check for any cavities that may be present.

Just because cavities are tiny and relatively easy to address does not mean that they should remain untreated. If left to progress, cavities can expand, allowing plaque and tartar to spread and leading to potential infection.

The treatments available to stabilize and prevent disease are costly and expensive; catching cavities early on will keep your teeth, gums and body healthy without the need for extensive treatment.

Filling Your Cavities

If you have a cavity, it’s important for Dr. Kohani to treat it before moving on to other procedures that you desire. Cosmetic and orthodontic treatments will not be possible without addressing all underlying conditions first.

Dr. Kohani fills all cavities with composite material, which is made to match the color of your existing teeth. Composite, or tooth-colored fillings, are usually made from acrylic and glass in a powdered form and are shaded to blend in seamlessly with your dentition. As a result, your filling is hardly discernible from your smile.

Most patients want to maintain the natural appearance of their smile as much as possible or enhance it to look brighter or straighter. A tooth-colored filling makes it possible for you to improve your oral health without compromising your appearance.

Whereas silver fillings are somewhat conspicuous in the mouth, composite fillings are virtually invisible. The material also contains no mercury, which is often perceived as being a safer treatment option.

How Does Dr. Kohani Fill Cavities?

Through a dental cleaning and examination, Dr. Kohani can identify any cavities that need treatment. Some teeth may show the beginning signs of a dental cavity, but may not require treatment right away.

If you do need a filling, Dr. Kohani will prepare your tooth for the procedure. He will start by numbing the surrounding area and injecting a local anesthetic into the gums. Next, he will shave away the decay and place the composite material over the hole. To ensure that your filling remains fixed in place, Dr. Kohani will harden the composite material using a curing light.

Due to the anesthetic, you should feel no pain during or after your procedure. You might feel some soreness and sensitivity after the anesthesia wears off; however, any discomfort will last for only a few hours.

If you think you have a cavity that requires a filling, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-622-1007 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohani.