If you have never had a cavity, count yourself lucky because about 90% of Americans aged 20 or older have had at least one cavity. While diligent brushing and flossing of teeth keep cavities away, an occasional cavity may still occur. Thankfully, there is a time-tested treatment for cavities: dental fillings. While cavity fillings can be made from gold, silver, and other materials, at Meredith Levine, DDS, Inc., we offer tooth-colored fillings that treat your cavities and preserve the natural aesthetics of your smile.
Fillings are one of the most common and straightforward treatments in dentistry. After Dr. Meredith Levine establishes that a dental filling can remedy your cavity, we numb your mouth and then drill out the decayed part of your tooth. This process takes a few minutes, but you will feel a bit of pressure while this is happening.
Next, we clean your tooth and then apply the composite resin material to fill the cavity layer by layer. We shape your filling and then use a special light to harden the material. Finally, we make any necessary adjustments to your filling until your bite feels normal.
Amalgam or silver-colored fillings were popular in the past, but most dentists prefer composite fillings made from glass and plastic particles. The advantages of composite fillings include:
Want to get rid of cavities in Century City, California? Please dial (424) 358-3811 to book an appointment with Meredith Levine, DDS, Inc. We offer composite fillings that are safe, natural-looking, and durable enough to protect your teeth for many years to come.