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Santana Park Dental Care

Tooth-Fillings

Composite fillings, are a natural way to fill cavities without the unsightly look of silver or gold that were used years ago. These fillings, mask tooth imperfections, such as broken, chipped, or cracked teeth. Composite fillings restore a tooth back to its healthy and natural look and are evenly blended to match the rest of the patient's teeth.
Fillings are typically placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Lin will remove decay as necessary. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function. Typically, composite fillings can last at least 15 years if the patient practices good hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing.

Tooth-Fillings for You

In general, a filling takes an hour or less. A simple filling may take as little as 20 minutes. A larger filling or multiple fillings can take longer. Also, depending on the materials used for the filling, it could take longer, or require a second visit.
1. Composite resin material that’s layered into your tooth takes more time, but it’s completed in one visit.2. Some composite fillings may be made from an impression and require a second visit to bond the filling.3. Gold or porcelain fillings, also called inlays or onlays, usually can’t be done in one sitting. In the first visit, the cavity will be removed and an impression will be made of your tooth, which is sent to a lab to fabricate the filling. In the next visit, the filling is bonded to your tooth.4. Replacing an older filling takes about the same amount of time as the original filling or slightly longer if the old filling material has to be drilled out. The cavity and old filling material are cleaned out and new filling material inserted.

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Dental Care in Seniors

When you're getting older, your fillings are getting old, too. They can weaken or crack, or your tooth may decay around the edges of the filling. As a result, bacteria can seep into your tooth, causing more decay. Regular check-ups will give your dentist the chance to keep an eye on your existing fillings.
Daily brushing and flossing are important, particularly first thing in the morning and just before bed. You may also want to consult your dentist for help with your fillings.