Keep your smile beautiful and healthy with dental fillings!
Our team at Family Dentistry of Walnut Creek provides personalized treatments that ensure your comfort and satisfaction with every filling.
At Family Dentistry of Walnut Creek, we understand that dealing with cavities and minor damage to your teeth can be a stressful experience. That’s why our team of skilled and friendly dental professionals provides you with top-of-the-line dental care in a friendly and comfortable setting!
If you’re looking for a reliable and friendly dental care provider for your dental filling, look no further than our practice! Our team is committed to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction with every visit. We take the time to listen to your concerns and tailor our treatments to meet your unique needs. So why wait? Schedule an appointment with our Walnut Creek, CA office today, and let us help you achieve a beautifully restored smile that you can be proud of.
What Is A Filling?
A filling is a dental restoration that is used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. The filling material is used to fill the cavity created by the decay or to replace part of the tooth structure that has been lost due to trauma. Dental fillings are among the most common procedures performed in the United States – in fact, it is estimated that 175 million dental fillings are completed each year.
We use special materials and techniques to ensure that our fillings are both durable and aesthetically pleasing, so you don’t have to worry about metal restorations leaving unsightly silver spots in your smile. Our tooth-colored composite fillings provide a natural-looking solution for restoring your tooth structure, so you can once again enjoy full function and a beautiful smile.
Why A Filling Is Used
Dental fillings are a common and effective way to restore health and function to teeth that have been affected by cavities, also known as dental caries. Cavities are caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth, which provides a protective environment for harmful bacteria to thrive and multiply. As time passes, the acidic byproducts of the bacteria and plaque start to erode the enamel of your tooth, leading to the infiltration of the next layer, called dentin. If left untreated, the decay can progress even further into the pulp of your tooth, where the nerve and blood vessels are located, resulting in severe discomfort.
Patients may be at risk for forming cavities due to a variety of factors, such as:
- Insufficient oral hygiene: If you don’t brush and floss regularly, food debris remains on and in between your teeth and contributes to plaque formation.
- Consuming sugary foods and drinks: Sugary foods and drinks contribute to the development of plaque and the proliferation of bacteria.
- Genetics: Some people have a higher genetic predisposition to tooth decay due to the shape, size, and location of their teeth.
- Age: Children and older adults are at a higher risk of developing cavities.
- Dry mouth: Saliva helps wash away plaque and food particles and counteracts the acids in plaque. Not drinking enough water and taking certain medications can decrease your saliva production.
What To Expect
- First, we numb the tooth that has the cavity so that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Then, Dr. Schmedding uses specialized dental instruments to conservatively remove the decayed portion of your tooth.
- Finally, Dr. Schmedding fills it with the appropriate material for your needs and preferences, such as tooth-colored composite resin or other materials, and shapes it to match your natural tooth structure.