Statistically speaking, you will probably need a dental filling at some point in your life. It’s estimated that approximately 92 million Americans have had at least one cavity. Dental fillings are one of the most common treatments in the United States. They are a quick and effective way to treat areas of decay and restore oral health. At Shadowridge Dental Group, we offer composite resin fillings which blend seamlessly with the smile to patients in the San Marcos, California area.
Individuals with cavities may not even be aware of their existence because small areas of decay may not lead to any symptoms. That’s why it’s crucial to maintain regular check-ups so that your dentist can identify any areas of concern while they are still minor and easily treated.
During a routine exam, the dentist will perform a visual examination and check X-ray imaging to evaluate the health of your oral structures. If any cavities are found, a filling is often the best and most economical way to restore health quickly.
The first step in the filling process is to use a local anesthetic to gently numb the area so that you are comfortable during the treatment. Next, the decayed area of the tooth is removed using a highly effective dental drill. Following removal, the composite resin filling material is placed in the tooth. The resin is applied in layers and cured with a special light to ensure strength and durability. Once the area is completely filled, the filling is shaped and polished so that your bite feels natural.
While composite resin fillings are a highly effective way to treat decay, the best thing you can do for your teeth is to be proactive about your oral hygiene. By taking the following steps, you can help prevent cavities from occurring:
If you have been putting off that dental exam and cleaning, there is no time like now. Even if cavities are present, treating them early means they are easier and less costly to treat. The team at Shadowridge Dental Group would love to help you with your oral health. Call us today at (760) 284-8111 to book an appointment.