Years back, when you had a tooth cavity, the only option available to restore your tooth was using amalgam dental fillings. While these metal fillings did the job, they were aesthetically unappealing and could leak mercury vapors, posing significant health problems. Fast-forward to today, most dental offices, including West Portal Family Dentistry, have white dental (composite) fillings, which are safe, effective, and natural-looking in repairing cavities.
When you have a dental cavity, repair it immediately before it morphs into a deeper pit. Luckily, treating a cavity is a straightforward and painless procedure that only takes one hour at most.
After establishing the damaged parts of your teeth, the next step is to numb your gums to reduce discomfort during the treatment. Next, the dentist drills out the decayed part and cleans it thoroughly to eliminate bacteria.
Next, we fill out the decayed area with composite resin. We then use a special light to harden the material. Before finishing the procedure, we adjust your filling until your bite feels normal.
After the treatment, your mouth may feel numb until the anesthesia wears off. Other than that, there aren’t any significant risks associated with cavity fillings. However, be sure to keep our contacts within your reach should you have any questions.
Teeth are supposed to be white, so when you have damaged teeth, the restoration should match the surrounding teeth. Dr. Terri Nguyen recommends composite resin material for fillings because it restores your teeth without compromising your natural smile. White fillings blend with your natural teeth, making them aesthetically appealing — your fillings aren’t conspicuous when you smile.
The other benefits of white fillings include:
Most people believe that once a filling is placed, it will last for a lifetime. Regardless of the material used, your filling isn’t indestructible. On average, white fillings need replacement after about 10 years — the replacement might be even sooner if we spot signs of wear and tear or damage.
However, observing oral care hygiene can extend the mileage of your fillings. Brush twice a day, floss daily, avoid smoking and limit intake of sugary foods. Also, don’t forget to book an appointment with Dr. Nguyen every six months.
At West Portal Family Dentistry, we use the latest technology and materials to create safe, effective, and long-lasting dental restorations. White fillings may be a common repair, but it needs the hands of a professional for maximum benefits. To get these natural-looking fillings, please dial (415) 604-9292 to book an appointment with Dr. Terri Nguyen.
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.