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.