A cavity forms when plaque sticks to your teeth, resulting in the breakdown of your enamel, the outermost tooth layer. Once this soft spot gives way into the body of your tooth, bacteria gains easy entrance. Rather than waiting for your tooth to break or for bacteria to gain entry and infect your tooth, we suggest visiting us for a dental filling. This restorative treatment will allow you to regain your oral health, while protecting your tooth’s structure.

What are Dental Fillings?

When plaque and other destructive substances eat away at your tooth’s tissue, a small hole forms. This hole is called a cavity, which will continue to progress and grow. When left untreated, the decaying tissue may eventually reach the inner layers of your tooth, leaving you susceptible to sensitivity and infection and the need for other treatments, such as a root canal therapy.

A dental filling is a two-step process that addresses your tooth decay. Your dentist will numb your tooth and the surrounding area and then use special instruments to remove the decayed tissue within the cavity. Once the cavity is clean, you will receive a dental filling to restore the missing tissue and protect your tooth’s structural integrity.

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

We suggest that you visit us for a filling as soon as possible after you are diagnosed with a cavity. Unlike metal fillings, we offer composite, which provides patients a host of benefits. In addition to stopping your cavity from worsening and further threatening the long-term health of your tooth, a composite – or tooth-colored – filling offers the following advantages:

  • They are safe for pregnant women and metal allergy sufferers.
  • Because the filling will match your tooth, no one will be able to detect that you ever had a cavity.
  • Composite does not conduct heat or cold, which means you will not experience sensitivity due to extremes in temperature.

Schedule an Appointment for Dental Fillings With Us

Dental fillings can help restore the health of your teeth if you’re experiencing cavities. For more information, please contact one of our Riverside Dental Group offices. We have locations in Corona, Moreno Valley, Riverside, and Temecula.