Fullerton Craft Smiles is a metal free dentist office. Drs. Kush and Krutav Patel place high quality ceramic and porcelain dental fillings for results that look natural and last- without the health concerns associated with traditional amalgam fillings.
A dental filling is a relatively simple procedure, producing minimal discomfort and complete during a single visit in most cases. Dr. Patel will prepare the affected tooth by removing the decayed area and as little of the tooth structure as necessary to place a stable filling.
Once ready, the tooth will be filled with the composite material that has been color matched to your smile. To seal the tooth and permanently attach the material, a special light is used. Dr. Patel will complete the filling process by polishing the newly placed material and adjusting any edges for a comfortable bite.
Mercury Free Dentistry
Composite resin or high quality porcelain fillings offer several key benefits to patients in addition to the natural looking result. The composite material is less sensitive to temperature change and can reduce both tooth sensitivity and protect the remaining tooth structure. Composite resins are also highly durable and less prone to developing cracks which allow bacteria to seep beneath, causing further decay and damage.
Dr. Patel can replace an old, dark or leaky filling with a white resin filling to improve the aesthetics of your smile and strengthen the affected tooth. If you have dark fillings in the “smile zone”, consider having them replaced with a white filling for a smile makeover that will also support lasting dental health.
Inlays & Onlays
Dr. Patel may recommend the use of an inlay or onlay for dental fillings being placed on the larger back teeth. This type of dental restoration, also known as a partial crown, offers both durable and aesthetic results. Dr. Patel uses quality mercury free, ceramic materials for all dental restorations, including inlays and onlays.
The process will require two visits to our Fullerton dentist office, first for impressions and tooth preparation and a subsequent visit for the permanent placement of your inlay or onlay.
What are the main types of dental fillings?
There are five types of dental fillings: amalgam (silver), composite, gold, and ceramic. Each type of filling has its advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings, also known as direct fillings, are probably the most common and recommended type of dental filling.
How long do white dental fillings last?
Generally, white fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. The lifespan of a white dental filling also varies depending on the type of material your dentist will use and how well you take care of the tooth Dental fillings are a strong and successful treatment against cavities.
Is a dental filling procedure painful?
A dental filling procedure can be a little painful for some patients. However, some people may experience some discomfort. For some patients, the procedure is relatively painless. It depends on the individual and how bad their tooth decay is. You may feel some pressure as the dentist drills into the tooth to remove the decay and then places the filling. Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where he will place the filling.
Can I eat after a dental filling procedure?
Yes. If your dentist gave you a composite filling, which is usually the most common, you should wait at least two hours before eating anything. This is also because your cheeks and gums might be a little numb from the anesthetic. You should avoid foods that are sticky, crunchy, sugary, and acidic. You should also avoid any food that is very hot or cold.
When are dental fillings necessary?
Dental fillings are necessary when there is decay in a tooth and you have a cavity. A cavity is a hole in your tooth. Your dentist will remove the decay and fill your tooth with a dental filling.
Does a dental hygienist do dental fillings?
No, a dental hygienist does not place dental fillings. A dental hygienist is not a dentist and therefore cannot place fillings. A hygienist doesn’t diagnose or treat dental problems. They can only assist the dentist that performs this procedure. A dental hygienist can only clean teeth, remove plaque and tartar, and educate patients on how to properly brush and floss their teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
Looking for a Fullerton, CA or Anaheim, CA area dentist for your family? Dr. Kush Patel and Dr. Krutav Patel are currently accepting new patients! Contact our office or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to meeting the oral health needs of you and your family.