Dental Fillings Aliso Viejo
Tooth decay is a problem commonly experienced, even in those who stick to regular brushing and flossing. When your teeth are affected by bacteria, sugary drinks or lack thorough cleaning, cavities are inevitable. They can happen at any age, even during infancy. If left untreated, a cavity can affect your tooth all the way down to the root and lead to eventual tooth loss.
THE SIGNS OF TOOTH DECAY
If you think you might have a cavity, there are some common symptoms you may experience:
- Black, brown or white staining on teeth
- Holes and pits in teeth
- Pain when biting
- Pain when eating or drinking hot, cold or sweet substances
- Sensitive teeth
Protecting Your Pearly Whites
Along with healthy oral hygiene habits, bi-yearly checkups are the best way for you to beat cavities. When they happen, though, we can fill your cavity with a tooth-colored filling that seamlessly matches your smile.
Silver fillings used to be the standard in dental care. As these amalgam fillings contain about 50% mercury, they could pose a risk to your health. Today, safer materials are used that blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth, so nobody will ever know you have a filling.
Sedation Dentistry — Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Delaying necessary dental care can allow oral health infections or disease to worsen over time. Rather than go away on their own, they become more complex and expensive to treat. Thanks to safe and gentle sedation procedures, Dr. Eng can help you relax from start to finish.
THE PROCESS OF GETTING A FILLING
Your dentist will prepare your tooth for the filling by removing decay with a dental drill. Rest assured that the area surrounding the tooth will be numbed in advance using a local anesthetic. If the decay is located near the root, your dentist will ensure that the nerve is protected by placing a liner made of composite resin or glass ionomer. Next, the filling will be placed then polished. That’s it!
Nervous? We Have Something for That Too
Ask about our safe and comfortable sedation options to help you relax throughout your smile makeover or other dental work. We’re here to help you feel comfortable! Flexible financing plans are available. Contact Michelle Eng, DDS in Aliso Viejo to schedule your smile makeover consultation.