Dental Fillings
in San Luis Obispo, California

At Magnolia Dental, we offer amalgam (silver) and tooth-colored fillings. When dental restorations are necessary, we will provide a top-quality treatment at Magnolia Dental in San Luis Obispo, California!

Dental Fillings in San Luis Obispo, California

Tooth-Colored Fillings are made of “composite resin." Modern dentists have developed a cutting-edge mix of plastic and small glass particles to match the color of teeth. This mix is called a composite resin and it can be used to repair cavities or even to re-shape a damaged tooth.

The procedure to insert a tooth-colored filling only requires one visit to the dentist. The first step is to choose the shade of composite resin that matches your teeth the best. Then, we may need to remove decay and clean up your tooth.

Finally, your dentist will use dental tools to shape and ready the composite resin to repair your tooth.

Amalgam Fillings

Dental amalgam is a liquid mercury and metal alloy mixture used in dentistry to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. The procedure for amalgam fillings is very similar to the procedure for tooth-colored fillings. It will also take only one visit, but instead of making a composite, your dentist will mold a durable amalgam filling to repair your tooth.

Should I Replace My Silver or Gold Fillings?

If you already have silver (amalgam) or gold fillings, you might want to replace them with Magnolia Dental’s tooth-colored fillings. You may want to do this if there is further decay, if the old filling has broken, or if you just don’t the way the old restoration looks.

Most modern dentists and patients prefer tooth-colored, composite resin fillings due to their efficiency and solid aesthetics. Silver fillings have proven to be safe, but the choice to remove and replace them is really up to you.

How Do I Keep My Fillings Clean?

Your normal daily regimen for dental hygiene is necessary to keep your fillings clean. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Flossing before bed is also integral to your overall dental health. On top of that, make sure to keep up with your regular visits to the dentist.

Also keep in mind foods that stain like coffee, cigarettes, blueberries, and wine. These foods can, over time, discolor your fillings.

Prevent the Need for Future Fillings

Prevention is the best medicine. Eliminate the need for future fillings by brushing twice and a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist regularly. Even if you have a great brushing technique, plaque can still build up on your teeth. This is why you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. These visits will also allow your dentist to spot any problems early. You dentist will also be able to advise you on what kind of toothbrush to use as well as better cleaning techniques.

Further Reading

WebMD: Dental Health and Tooth Fillings

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