Fillings

Restore Your Tooth

FillingsIf you suffer from a cavity we may suggest a dental filling. At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we provide tooth-colored fillings to restore the health and appearance of your tooth. Because tooth decay is a progressive dental disease and will only worsen, we encourage patients to schedule a visit for a filling as soon as we recognize a cavity to promote an effective and speedy return to health and comfort.

About Cavities

Patients often feel frustrated by the development of a cavity. Most people will experience one or more cavities within their lifetime – even those who care for their teeth. While preventive care may help you avoid cavities, the restorative dental filling will quickly return your tooth to good health if a cavity occurs. A cavity is simply a hole in your dental tissue that occurs when the bacteria in plaque break down an area of your tooth’s enamel, or outermost layer. The cavity may expose nerves and provide an entryway into your tooth, which places it at risk of infection or breakage.

What Is A Filling?

A dental filling includes two main steps: We will clean out the cavity and fill it with composite to restore health and structure. To begin, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding tissue. Then, we will use special instruments to clear away decayed tissue within the cavity. Your dentist will fill the opening with composite – a synthetic resin material that we will color-match to your tooth.

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

We suggest that you visit us for a filling as soon as possible after you are diagnosed with a cavity. Unlike metal fillings, we offer composite, which provides patients a host of benefits. In addition to stopping your cavity from worsening and further threatening the long-term health of your tooth, a composite – or tooth-colored – filling offers the following advantages:

  • They are safe for pregnant women and metal allergy sufferers
  • Because the filling will match your tooth, no one will be able to detect that you ever had a cavity
  • Composite does not conduct heat or cold, which means you will not experience sensitivity due to extremes in temperature