Dental Fillings Montclair, CA

Dental Fillings An Overview

Dental fillings are one of the most common solutions used to address tooth decay, cavities, or damaged teeth. Early detection allows patients to receive conservative treatment to address tooth cavities and tooth decay. Dr. David Srikureja can address tooth decay using tooth-colored dental fillings to restore health and beauty to the smile.

Do you replace old dark fillings?

Yes! Our dentists can work with you to replace old or dark fillings with a white composite filling or porcelain inlay/onlay. Replacing old fillings can offer an instant smile makeover.

Amalgam Fillings: Dr. Srikureja can replace amalgam or metal fillings in our Montclair dental office. Traditionally, metal fillings were used to address decayed teeth. However, metal fillings do not offer the most aesthetically pleasing, comfortable or long-term solution for decayed or damaged teeth.

Composite Fillings: Dr. Srikureja uses composite fillings, which are tooth-colored, to restore damaged or decayed teeth and provide a natural looking durable result. Resin is the same color as natural teeth and will allow the treated tooth to blend right with the rest of your smile. Although more aesthetically pleasing, tooth colored fillings will not last as long as amalgam fillings. They will need to be replaced in about five to seven years.

Porcelain Fillings: We also place high-quality ceramic and porcelain inlays and onlays for larger fillings. These are also utilized when the tooth being treated is visible when you smile. This type of dental restoration provides the most effective result for both aesthetics and oral health. Porcelain fillings are much more durable than tooth colored composite fillings.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Everyone is susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. One of the most common culprits of tooth decay is poor oral hygiene. To prevent tooth decay, patients of all ages should brush twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash if recommended for chronic gum disease concerns. It is vital that patients visit Montclair Plaza Dental Group twice a year for preventive dental care. During your preventive care visit, Dr. Srikureja will screen for tooth decay and other common dental issues including gum disease and oral cancer.

Dental fillings in Montclair California

Dental Fillings What to Expect

The tooth filling process is fairly simple and can be completed in a single office visit most of the time. Dr. Srikureja will begin by numbing the area around the tooth being treated. Once you are comfortable, he will begin to remove any decay or damage from the affected tooth. The tooth is then carefully cleaned. The chosen filling material is carefully applied to the affected tooth and sculpted into place to create a comfortable and natural biting surface.

Dr. Srikureja will polish the tooth to create a natural looking, beautiful finish. The bite and fit are also addressed to ensure a comfortable solution.

Dental fillings can last many years with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to our Montclair dental office. For patients with an advanced form of tooth decay, Montclair Plaza Dental Group offers inlays & onlays, tooth extractions, and root canals in our Montclair, CA dentist office.

Dental Fillings FAQs

Do dental fillings last a lifetime?

No. The average patient gets their dental filling replaced after about 10 to 15 years. If you have amalgam fillings, they should be replaced sooner. Old metal fillings do not last a lifetime without causing issues down the road.

Can a filling be redone?

Yes. A dental filling can be removed, redone, and replaced for many reasons. Most patients get metal fillings replaced with white fillings to aesthetically improve their smile. Fillings that have come loose, or have created infections, get replaced all the time and usually in a single dentist visit.

How do you know if a filling is going bad?

The number one reason for a filling to go bad is a new cavity infection around the filling or tooth. Visit your dentist immediately if you notice sharp pain (especially when biting down), and your teeth is becoming discolored. If your filling is fairly new and is causing tooth pain, it may have been placed incorrectly. Visit your dentist for a second look and they should be able to fix it the same day.