Fillings Specialist

Lodi Healthy Smiles

Gladys Cruz, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lodi, CA

It’s no secret that cavities and tooth decay can cause you serious oral health problems. Luckily, the dental experts at Lodi Healthy Smiles in Lodi, California, can restore your oral health with high-quality fillings. The team provides fillings to treat cavities in a simple, straightforward manner. Getting a long-lasting, durable filling only takes one short visit. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

Fillings are dental restorations that the team at Lodi Healthy Smiles provides to fill a hole in your tooth’s enamel — the hard outer layer of your tooth. A hole in your enamel can allow harmful bacteria to reach the soft tissue inside your tooth and cause infection. 

There are different types of fillings made from different materials. Some common types include:

  • Tooth-colored composites
  • Ceramic or porcelain
  • Glass ionomer
  • Silver amalgam
  • Cast gold

Each type of filling offers different benefits. The team at Lodi Healthy Smiles works with you to pick a filling material that’s best suited to your particular needs, preferences, and budget.

The most common reason for getting a filling is to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. 

What is a cavity?

A cavity is the name of a hole that forms in your enamel. In most cases, tooth decay causes cavities. 

When you don’t practice good oral hygiene, plaque is allowed to stay on the surface of your teeth for too long. This can also happen if you have crooked or misaligned teeth that are simply harder to clean. 

Plaque is made up of a variety of bacteria and acid. The bacteria and acid found in plaque eat away at your tooth’s enamel, which creates a hole, or cavity. 

How does a filling procedure work?

The process for getting a filling is fairly simple, straightforward, and quick. It only takes one visit to the office. 

First, your dentist at Lodi Healthy Smiles numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. Next, they use a small drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to dig out all of the decay in your tooth.

Once your tooth is free of decay, your dentist sterilizes the hole and fills it with a filling material. Your provider lets the material dry, then uses the drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to properly shape your filling by shaving off any excess material.

The end result is a healthy tooth that’s sealed off from any further decay.

How do I care for my filling?

The best way to care for your filling and ensure its longevity is to simply brush and floss it like you would the rest of your natural teeth.

You should remember though that your filling treated an area of your mouth that was clearly susceptible to tooth decay, so you should take extra care and effort to make sure that you’re properly brushing and flossing around the cavity you’ve had filled.

To learn more about your filling options and how the procedure works at Lodi Healthy Smiles, just call the office or schedule a visit online today.