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Fillings in Sherman Oaks

Personalized Dental Care for Your Specific Needs

When a tooth is damaged by decay, dental fillings are a way to restore the function and shape of the tooth. At Sherman Oaks Dental Care & Orthodontics, our dentists offer both traditional fillings and tooth-colored fillings to create a completely natural look.

If you suspect you may have a cavity, call our office today at (818) 918-3295 to schedule an appointment for fillings in Sherman Oaks.

What Are The Signs That I May Have A Cavity?

There are several signs that indicate you may have a cavity. These can include:

  • A sharp toothache
  • Painful tooth sensitivity, especially when you bite or chew
  • Sensitivity to extreme hot or cold temperatures, especially when eating or drinking
  • It is possible that you will be able to see or feel the presence of a hole in the affected tooth

Does Filling a Cavity Hurt?

If you are worried that getting a cavity filled will hurt, you have nothing to fear. During the procedure, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic which will numb any pain and ensure that you are comfortable while the cavity is filled. After the procedure, it is normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or from the pressure of biting, but this is typically minimal discomfort rather than pain. Rest assured that your comfort is our priority during fillings in Sherman Oaks.

What to Expect if You Need a Cavity Filled

Dental fillings are a routine procedure and are extremely common. Your dentist will determine whether a filling is needed by reviewing X-rays and examining the tooth. If the cavity requires a filling, you will need to schedule an appointment for the filling procedure. During the procedure, you will be given a shot of anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding areas. Once the area is numb, the dentist will clean out the decayed portion of the tooth. Then, the remaining cavity is filled with either an amalgam, composite, or a tooth-colored porcelain material depending on your needs.

Diagram of Cavity Fillings The procedure is very quick and you should be on your way in about an hour. Aftercare is simple: avoid chewing hard foods in the area of your cavity for a while, and be sure to keep up with your oral care routine, including brushing and flossing.

How Long Do Cavity Fillings Last?

While fillings are long-term, effective solutions to prevent tooth decay after a cavity has developed, they don't last forever. However, how long your filling will last depends on the type of filling you received.

Amalgam fillings tend to last around 15 years before they need to be replaced. If you grind or clench your teeth often, they might need to be replaced sooner.

Composite fillings, although not made of metal like amalgam fillings are, are still extremely durable. These last anywhere from 10 to 12 years before they need to be replaced.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you need a cavity filling or need any other dental service, call Sherman Oaks Dental Care & Orthodontics. Our caring team is ready to give you the treatment you need to promote optimum dental health. If you are a new patient with us and do not have dental insurance, we offer a complimentary exam and x-rays to get you started.

Call now to make your appointment for Sherman Oaks fillings with a top-rated dentist: (818) 918-3295.

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