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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.
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are used to strengthen and improve the cosmetic appearance of a damaged, cracked or broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. The dentists at Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA, Dr. Nidhi Sikka and Dr. Mona Chattha, recommend dental crowns for a number of restorative and cosmetic dentistry problems.
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry in San Jose, CA
Crowns are one of the most versatile and effective dental treatments available, and are a staple of both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Virtually every form of tooth damage can be repaired with a crown. The most well known and common use for a dental crown is to restore a tooth after a bad chip or break. Crowns are also used as part of a bridge to replace a missing tooth. They can also seal a tooth after root canal treatment, strengthen a badly cracked tooth, and restore a badly decayed tooth when a standard dental filling is insufficient.
In cases of severe decay, a crown can be used to preserve the remaining healthy portion of the tooth, and prevent an extraction. Modern crowns are typically made of porcelain, which closely resembles the surface of natural teeth, and may be more resistant to staining than other filling materials. Crowns can also be made from a combination of porcelain and metal for strength and durability, and metal alloys. The lifespan of a crown will vary from person to person, but on average a good crown restoration can last over a decade, often longer.
Find a Dentist in San Jose, CA
Whether you are missing teeth, just need to whiten your teeth a few shades to refresh your smile, or are overdue for a dental exam and professional cleaning, Sikka Dental offers a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services, including sedation dentistry, for the entire family. Call (408) 259-1280 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sikka or Dr. Mona today.