Posts for tag: Fillings
Find out when composite resin fillings are used and how they could benefit your smile.
You just found out you have a cavity. Yikes! “What happens next?” you might wonder. Well, our San Jose, CA, dentists, Dr. Nidhi Sikka and Dr. Mona Chattha, are here to tell you how a cavity is treated and a tooth is restored with a simple and commonly used restoration known as a dental filling.
What is the purpose of a dental filling?
If you have a cavity it’s important to remove the decayed portions of enamel to prevent the decay from getting worse, which our San Jose general dentist will treat by removing decay with a dental drill. Of course, having drilled away the decay leaves holes in your teeth that need to be restored. This is where a dental filling comes in.
Dental fillings can be made from different materials. You may even know someone who has a metal filling. We know that metal fillings certain still serve a purpose, as they are the strongest fillings you can get; however, they aren’t as aesthetically pleasing.
If decay has formed on a tooth that is visible when you smile, you want a filling that will not only restore the tooth but also blend in with the rest of your smile. This is where tooth-colored fillings come in.
Why choose tooth-colored fillings?
One of the most common reasons tooth-colored fillings are used is that the material can be matched to the rest of your smile so no one will even know which tooth contains a filling. Also, these types of fillings don’t require as much enamel to be removed from the tooth in order to place them (compared to metal fillings). Furthermore, composite resin, or tooth-colored fillings can almost fully restore the tooth back to its original strength and resiliency.
Turn to Sikka Dental for all of your general, cosmetic and restorative dental needs right here in San Jose, CA. Whether you have questions about dental fillings or other restorations we offer, we are here to answer your questions and find out what treatment is right for your smile.
Find out more about this dental procedure, and how it could protect your damaged tooth.
While some decaying teeth are treated either with filling or crowns, there are some cases in which your San Jose dentists, Drs. Nidhi Sikka and Mona Chattha, may recommend having an inlay or onlay instead to protect your tooth. Find out more about inlays and onlays and what the procedure entails.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are somewhere between a dental filling and a crown. Inlays fill the space between the cusps of the tooth’s chewing surface, while onlays cover one or more cusps, or sometimes the entire surface of the tooth.
What are they used for?
Inlays and onlays are to fillings and are used to restore decayed or damaged portions of a tooth.
What are inlays and onlays made of?
Inlays and onlays can be made from everything from gold to composite resin to porcelain. Porcelain tends to be the most popular choice since it most closely resembles the look of a natural tooth.
What does it take to get an inlay or onlay from my San Jose dentists?
Your San Jose dentists Drs. Sikka and Chattha will administer a local anesthesia to numb the area prior to treatment. Then we will drill out the decayed portions of the tooth. Once this is complete, we will take impressions of your tooth using dental putty. These impressions will then be sent to a dental lab where they will make your custom-made inlay or onlay.
During your second visit we will fit you with your new inlay or onlay. Once it is fitted properly we will then bond it to your tooth. Some patients experience minor soreness around the treated area for a couple days afterward.
How do you care for inlays and onlays?
This dental work doesn’t require special care. Treat them just as you would the rest of your natural smile and make sure to brush and floss every day. You should also continue to see your San Jose dentists Drs. Sikka and Chattha every six months for exams to make sure that your inlay or onlay is doing well.
The best way for us to catch decay before it causes significant damage is to see you every six months for exams and cleanings. If it’s time for your upcoming cleaning, then call your San Jose dentist. Don’t ignore signs of decay!