DENTAL FILLINGS BEVERLY HILLS & HOLLYWOOD CA
At TruGLO Modern Dental, we love giving patients a beautiful, natural-looking smile. One way we accomplish this is by providing dental fillings. Our Hollywood dental office performs this treatment quite often. Dr. Kalasho is skilled and amazing in comfortably applying fillings. Getting fillings is a routine treatment to help teeth that have decay.
WHAT ARE FILLINGS EXACTLY?
Dental fillings are a type of restoration. Dentists use fillings to fill an area on the tooth that has decayed material removed. The filling material will protect against more damage. Fillings are also useful in helping to repair cracked or broken teeth.
BENEFITS OF GETTING FILLINGS
Fillings do much more than just fix cavities. They can match and improve the aesthetics of your teeth, and many types of fillings can release fluoride to help safeguard your tooth from decay. Strong fillings can also strengthen your tooth against future infection, especially after a root canal. And they can also improve tooth function by making chewing and eating less painful and difficult.
So smile and eat in comfort again with a firm, trusty filling.
WHAT ARE FILLINGS MADE OF?
There are several different materials that tooth fillings can be made of. Dentists can use fillings made of:
- Silver amalgam
- Composite resin
- Glass ionomer
Silver amalgam and gold have the same advantages and disadvantages, although gold is more noticeable than silver. Gold is also more expensive than most other materials and may require more than one office visit.
Porcelain lasts longer than metal or resin fillings and is more esthetic, however, it can be more expensive.
Composite resin fillings are a white color that matches your teeth’s shade. Although adjusted to fit your bite, they are not meant to be large and break under pressure. They are perfect for smaller cavities that need to be filled.
Glass ionomer is weaker than most options and does not last as long, however, it does release fluoride that can help protect teeth from further decay. This material is often used for fillings that are below the gum line.
Your dentist will go over which filling type she thinks is best for your teeth.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR FILLINGS?
As long as a patient has enough healthy tooth tissue, they will be a great candidate for fillings. If there isn’t enough healthy tissue, Dr. Kalasho will recommend alternatives.
HOW LONG WILL DENTAL FILLINGS LAST? ARE THEY PERMANENT?
How long precisely your fillings will last depends on several factors. The materials used will play a significant role in durability, as well as the cavity size and personal oral hygiene habits. Keep in mind that fillings aren’t a permanent fix. With proper care, your fillings will last many years, sometimes even decades. Each filling material has its own unique average life expectancy. On average gold, fillings can last between 15 to 30 years. Silver amalgam fillings last less, between 10 to 15 years. Composite resin fillings, on average, have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years.
The good news is that these are averages. Patients can extend the life of their fillings with proper oral care. Contact TruGLO Modern Dental to learn more about how to take care of your teeth.
WHAT’S THE TOTAL COST TO GET FILLINGS DONE? DOES INSURANCE COVER THE TREATMENT?
On average, expect fillings to be around a few hundred dollars. Exact cost estimates are difficult to pinpoint due to a variety of factors. Final out of pocket costs will depend on:
- Insurance carrier, and elected coverage
- How many cavities need fillings
- Type of fillings chosen
- The location of the teeth that need fillings
After the consult, our honest Hollywood dentist will go over what the final costs will be with you.
If you have cavities, contact TruGLO Modern Dental today. Getting fillings will help protect your teeth and prevent considerable headaches in the future. Let us help you get that beautiful glowing smile you deserve.