Most Common Types of Dental Fillings

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Fillings are used to treat cavities in the teeth. Our cosmetic dentist in Hollywood removes the decayed tissue and replaces it with a filling material that hardens. Fillings can also be used to restore damaged teeth, such as ones with cracks or breaks. This restores strength and looks to the tooth. Dental fillings can be made out of several different materials.

Gold lasts at least ten years, and is known for its strength. However, they do cost more than most other types, require more office visits, and can be very noticeable.

Silver also typically lasts at least ten years, and can easily withstand chewing forces. They are also one of the least expensive options. Silver is, however, a colored and therefore more noticeable filling, and requires more elimination of tooth structure to place.

Composite material is often preferred by both patients and our expert in dental fillings in Hollywood. Not only do they match the natural color of the teeth, but they also chemically bond to the tooth structure, offering more support. On the other hand, they are not as strong as some other options, and may require more time in the dentist’s chair.

Ceramic/porcelain is often used in dentistry due to its durability, tooth-like appearance, and resistance to stains. It is one of the more abrasive options.

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When Should a Tooth be Extracted?

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Although our goal is to preserve natural teeth whenever possible, dental extractions are necessary and even unavoidable in some cases. Our dentist in North Hollywood offers a variety of treatments designed to preserve and restore the natural tooth, but significant trauma, advanced decay, and certain treatment needs can necessitate the removal of the tooth to save the other teeth.

You might benefit from an extraction if you have:

• A tooth that has been too badly damaged to save
• A tooth with severe decay or cavities
• An impacted tooth
• A diseased or impacted wisdom teeth
• An infected tooth
• A tooth that is threatening the health of nearby teeth
• Teeth that have been loosened or damaged by periodontal disease

Some candidates for orthodontic treatment might also benefit from extractions if they have badly crowded teeth and a jaw that cannot be properly expanded.

In most cases, an extraction can be performed under local anesthesia. Today’s technology enables us to complete this procedure safely, effectively, and comfortably. We can discuss your restoration options at the time of your extraction. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental extraction in Hollywood.