What is a filling?

dental-composite-filling-illustrationAt The Dental Office of Encino, our dentists use fillings to treat cavities. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed using a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument. The area is then cleaned of bacteria and debris and filled. We shape the filling to fit the tooth’s contours and bite, and then the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.

What is an amalgam filling?

Amalgam fillings, or silver fillings, are made from a combination of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Amalgam fillings have been used for over 100 years because they last a long time and are inexpensive.

What is a composite filling?

Composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, are made of composite resin. Composite fillings take longer to place than amalgam fillings because composite fillings require that the tooth remain clean and dry during the process. However, these kinds of restorations are durable and natural-looking.

Do I need a filling?

If your tooth is decayed or damaged, Drs. Howard and Howard may recommend a dental filling in Encino, California. They will help you determine which type of filling best fits your needs. We invite you to call The Dental Office of Encino today to learn more about dental fillings or to schedule an appointment. We are eager to serve you and your smile!