Dental fillings are a pretty common dental restoration because a lot of people develop cavities over the course of a lifetime. Fillings are the preferred treatment for cavities because no alterations have to be made in the tooth. If the decay extends into the pulp of the tooth or if a majority of the tooth structure has been affected, you may require a root canal treatment or crown. But if it is still in the early stages, dental filings are the preferred treatment.
In the past, amalgam fillings were the most common fillings used. They were exceptionally durable, but they could stand out quite a bit. Today, amalgam fillings may still be used, but they are often reserved for restoring teeth in the back of the mouth. Most patients want to go with tooth-colored fillings, which are just as durable as amalgam fillings, but they blend in with the natural color of your teeth.
Our Los Angeles dentist recommend dental fillings to anyone suffering from tooth decay that is still in the early stages. A local anesthetic will be applied, and the decayed part of the tooth will be removed. It will be filled and hardened using a special light. With proper maintenance, your filling can last up to 10 years.