Tooth Fillings Los Angeles

If detected early on and before decay spreads to the roots, a simple filling can fix the tooth. Technological breakthroughs in dental techniques and materials have provided new effective ways to restore damaged teeth with fillings.

Dental fillings consist of two categories; direct and indirect fillings. Direct fillings do not require multiple visits and are used when more extensive indirect fillings or crowns are needed.

Indirect tooth restorations are more extensive requiring two dental visits. Indirect impressions consist of two types; inlays and onlays. Inlays are similar to more traditional fillings, but the entire piece lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of the tooth.

Onlays are sometimes referred to as a "partial crown" and are a more extensive restoration technique that covers one or more cusps of the tooth. Both onlays and inlays are more durable and last longer than direct fillings up to 25 years.

There are a number of materials and composites now available for use in fillings including the more traditional gold fillings, silver fillings and porcelain fillings. Each material or composite has its benefits and drawbacks and the doctor will help guide you into the correct choice for you.

On the first visit and first step of the procedure an impression of the tooth is created and Dr. Farzad will use this to create a new portion of your tooth replacing the damaged section. The second visits will consist of the doctor placing and cementing your new filling.