COMPOSITE FILLINGS FOR A NATURAL-LOOKING SMILE
Tooth decay is among the most common chronic health conditions. Fortunately, tooth decay can often be prevented and treated with a dental filling. Valley Ranch Dental provides natural looking and affordable dental filling services. We offer dental restorations that are attractive, strong, and long lasting.
WHEN FILLINGS ARE NEEDED
Often, discomfort is the first sign that a dental filling is needed. Tooth sensitivity can indicate decay or a fracture. At Valley Ranch Dental, we start with an evaluation to determine the most appropriate dental treatment for your situation. We often recommend dental fillings for restoring teeth that have severe decay, cavities, chips, or cracks.
We utilize high-quality materials, the latest technology, and advanced techniques to create restorations that last a lifetime. Our goal is to create virtually undetectable results. Tooth-colored fillings can be used as effective restorations for tooth decay, chipped teeth, cracks, and other damage.
THE DENTAL FILLING PROCESS
Dental fillings do what the name implies — filling in a cavity or hole that formed due to decay or trauma. The filling restores the normal anatomy of the tooth. We create dental fillings using a composite resin and shade the material to blend with the natural tooth structure. The result is a restoration that is practically invisible.
The steps in the dental filling procedure include:
Isolating the tooth from saliva to keep it dry
Removal of any dental decay
Etchant and bonding agent applied
Composite resin applied
A special light is used to harden the composite resin material
Resin shaped to resemble natural tooth
Restoration is smoothed and polished
When the damage or decay requires more than a filling or the tooth does not have enough structure for a filling, an inlay or onlay may be recommended. Porcelain inlays are crafted at the dental lab and cemented to the inside cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays cover the top chewing surfaces. Porcelain material is used because it mimics the look of the natural enamel and has the strength needed for durability.