Here at Manhattan Beach Pediatric Dentists, we are proud to offer fillings to our patients.
Dental fillings are used to treat different dental problems like cavities and broken teeth. Teeth are usually filled with a material called composite resin, which is designed to look like natural teeth. Fillings can also be done with gold, porcelain, or silver amalgam.
Composite resin takes a little longer, though most people still prefer it because it creates natural-looking teeth. It takes more than one layer, and a special light is used to harden the area around the filling.
Before your child gets a filling, your child will receive a local anesthetic to numb the gums around the tooth. We will then clean away the bad and decayed part of the tooth so that it is ready to be filled. Some dentists will apply glass ionomer to protect the tooth and nerve. Once the tooth is filled in, we will smooth over the rough edges and polish it so it looks natural.
The amount of time it takes to fill a tooth varies based on the extent of the damage to it. The cost may also increase the longer the filling takes.