Your mouth is teeming with oral bacteria. Most of them are harmless or beneficial, but some of them are not. Every time you eat, those bad bacteria eat too. After eating, they secrete a powerful acidic byproduct that erodes the enamel on your teeth, which can lead to a cavity that will need to be filled by our Hawthorne dental fillings expert.
The oral bacteria combine with oral secretions and food debris to form a sticky biofilm called plaque. Plaque is easy to remove with good brushing and flossing habits, but even the best brushing and flossing can miss small deposits. If plaque is not removed frequently enough or is allowed to build up and harden into tartar, the bacteria will flourish. Over time, the acids they produce can wear a hole in your tooth. This cavity can continue to enlarge until it has reached the inner parts of your tooth, caused an infection, or eroded the underlying bone. Our expert in dental fillings in Hawthorne can use a dental filling to restore the decayed part of the tooth and prevent more serious problems.
Dental Fillings Hawthorne
We use mercury-free fillings that are designed to match your tooth closely and protect the tooth from further damage. Composite resin is one of the most commonly used dental filling materials. They are made from a special silica-and-resin blend, which forms a strong chemical bond with the structure of your tooth. This material can be made to match the color of your teeth, so the finished filling will be indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth. They contain no mercury and are a good choice for those with metal sensitivities or those who are concerned about the health and environmental effects of mercury. Our Hawthorne dental fillings expert can even preserve more of your tooth’s healthy tissue when placing composite resin since they do not require retention grooves.
The process can be a little more time-intensive than the procedure for placing amalgam fillings. Our expert in dental fillings in Hawthorne will numb the area around the tooth before removing the decayed tissues. Then a special etching liquid will be used to roughen the surface and improve adhesion. The filling material is applied in thin layers and carefully shaped to match the surface of your tooth before being cured and polished. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Hawthorne.