Tooth Fillings in Vista
If you have a cavity, Dr. Amiri will need to treat it with a filling. We use tooth-colored composite fillings so the filling is not obvious to onlookers. While you may not be excited about the prospect of getting a tooth filled, rest assured that our team is dedicated to making you feel at ease, while answering all of your questions. For patients with dental-related anxiety, ask about our sedation options for a more relaxing visit.
What Is a Filling?
A filling is a procedure in which Dr. Amiri cleans out a cavity and fills the remaining hole with a composite resin material to restore the health and structure of your tooth. During your visit we will numb your tooth and the surrounding area. Dr. Amiri will then carefully clean away the tooth decay within the cavity. Once the cavity is cleaned-out and smoothed, he will fill the hole with composite, or tooth-colored material made out of synthetic resin.
Coming in for a filling is significant in protecting your teeth against more complex problems, which will require more extensive solutions. When we fill a cavity early, we stop the decay from advancing further into your tooth. Left untreated, cavities may eventually result in advanced decay and infection. Cavity fillings are effective procedures that help you avoid the need for a root canal or prosthetics, such as crowns.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
You may hear people mention that tooth-colored fillings are not as strong as metal fillings. This is an old myth based on the early days of composite, when it was not composed of the durable resins we use today. Whether you have a cavity, or want your old amalgam fillings replaced, consider the benefits of tooth-colored fillings:
- We can color-match the fillings to blend in with your tooth, so it is not visible to onlookers
- Tooth-colored fillings do not heat up or become cold like metal fillings, which makes them well-suited to patients with sensitive teeth
- Composite is metal free – it is safe for pregnant women and individuals with metal allergies
- Composite, unlike metal, bonds directly to your tooth for a solid finish
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you have a cavity, you are a candidate for a tooth filling. However, if your cavity is extensive and the hole is too big to treat with a simple filling, or if your tooth is infected, a dental filling may not suffice. You may need a crown to restore and protect your tooth. In addition, you may also require root canal treatment to clear an existing infection, while protecting the health of your neighboring teeth and gums.