Dental fillings repair and restore an impaired tooth and help prevent tooth decay or infections. If these oral concerns are left untreated, they would require more complicated treatments. We routinely perform dental filling procedures at Mark J. Escoto, DDS in Las Vegas, NV 89117. We use composite resin fillings that are color-matched to your tooth. Unlike amalgam fillings, tooth-colored composite resin bonds well with the tooth and can fill much smaller spaces with less drilling.
What Is a Composite Resin Filling?
Composite fillings are composed of a plastic and glass mixture and used to fill a cavity. They can also fix chipped, worn-out, or cracked teeth. Composite fillings merge effortlessly with the rest of your existing teeth, ensuring the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
Why Are Dental Fillings Important?
Getting tooth filling done can be a chore for many. You may avoid it or wonder why you need to have a dental filling done, especially if your tooth is not causing any trouble. However, we strongly recommend you have your cavities filled at your earliest to avoid future problems. They will help:
- Stop cavities from getting bigger
- Prevent painful abscesses or infections
- Protect your weakened tooth
- Reinstate durability and strength
- Save you money in the long run.
- Reduce sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Preserve your natural smile
What Is the Process For Dental Fillings?
Before we begin, Dr. Mark J. Escoto will carefully numb your gums around your affected tooth using local anesthesia. You may feel anxious about this step. However, the numbing of your teeth and surrounding area will make you barely feel anything during the filling procedure.
Filling the Tooth
Once you are comfortable, your tooth is carefully cleaned and prepared. An adhesive solution is placed on the affected tooth over which a composite resin filling material will be molded and shaped to match your bite and contours.
Curing the Composite
The composite resin material used to fill your tooth is quickly cured and hardened with special laser light. We will carefully examine your finished tooth and make any necessary finishing touches before giving it a final polish.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
The primary benefit of composite fillings is aesthetics. The filling color can be blended to match the tooth, making it nearly invisible. But there are other practical advantages of composite fillings, including:
- They bond to the tooth offering more support to the remaining structure
- Smaller fillings can be designed to better protect the integrity of the tooth
- The front teeth fillings will keep them looking natural
- The sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures is negligible
- The filling can be repaired if they crack or break.
To learn more about our dental filling treatments, visit Mark J. Escoto, DDS at 2650 Lake Sahara Dr #120, Las Vegas, NV 89117. You can also reachDentist in Las Vegas, NV at (702) 256-5353 and schedule an online appointment.