Dental fillings play a vital role in dentistry, providing a solution for restoring teeth damaged by decay or trauma. At Dillon Costantino Dental Partnership, dental fillings treat tooth decay, which occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that erode the tooth enamel. If left untreated, tooth decay can progress, causing pain, infection, and loss. Dental fillings are essential for restoring the tooth's structure, preventing the spread of decay, and preserving its functionality.
Amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, have been used for many years. They consist of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Amalgam fillings are durable, cost-effective, and withstand the forces of chewing well.
Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored resin material that blends seamlessly with the natural tooth color. This makes them a popular choice for visible teeth or individuals who desire a more natural-looking restoration. Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth, providing a strong and durable restoration while maintaining an aesthetic appearance. They are versatile and can be used on both front and back teeth.
Ceramic fillings, also known as porcelain fillings, are crafted from high-quality dental ceramic material. They offer excellent aesthetics, as they can be precisely matched to the natural tooth color and translucency. Ceramic fillings are strong, long-lasting, and resistant to staining. They are particularly suitable for larger cavities or mouth areas requiring enhanced durability.
Glass ionomer fillings are a mixture of acrylic and glass materials. They are typically used for small to medium-sized fillings, particularly in areas with less biting pressure, such as root surfaces or baby teeth. Glass ionomer fillings release fluoride, which can help prevent further tooth decay.
Dental fillings halt the progression of tooth decay, preventing further damage to the tooth structure and potential complications.
Fillings help restore the tooth's natural shape, strength, and functionality, preserving its natural structure and reducing the need for more extensive treatments like crowns or extractions.
Tooth-colored fillings, such as composite and ceramic, are aesthetically pleasing. They blend seamlessly with the natural tooth color, ensuring a natural-looking smile.
By removing decay and restoring the tooth, fillings help prevent the spread of bacteria and potential infection. They contribute to maintaining good oral health and reducing the risk of more extensive dental problems.
Dental fillings are essential for restoring teeth affected by decay, preserving oral health, and maintaining a confident smile. Visit Dillon Costantino Dental Partnership at 10505 West Pico Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 475-0617 to determine the most suitable filling material.