Tooth Fillings

Bay Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

When teeth become decayed or damaged, it is important to restore the strength and integrity to maintain function. Fortunately in these situations, tooth fillings are an option. The team at Bay Dental Group in San Jose, California, is experts at preparing and carrying out tooth filling procedures. Call or go online today to schedule your first appointment at Bay Dental Group today.

Tooth Fillings Q & A

What is a tooth filling?

Teeth are truly incredible parts of your body. They are durable and dependable, chewing through the food that we consume throughout our lifetime. For the most part, they do their work without causing trouble. However, there are times when our teeth can become decayed or damaged.

When this happens, the strength and durability of your teeth can degrade, impairing their function. Tooth fillings are used to fill in the damaged portion of our teeth, restoring their strength. They are one of the most common procedures in dentistry, with millions performed each year. 

What causes the need for a tooth filling?

From the time you were a child you probably heard about the dangers of eating too much sugar and the damage it could do to your teeth. While that is not what you want to hear as a kid, it is true.

Cavities are one of the leading causes for a filling. In addition to cavities, teeth damaged or chipped from an injury often need a filling to restore their strength and shape. Teeth may also become damaged from improper use, such as biting your nails or grinding your teeth.

What can I expect at the filling procedure?

In order for a tooth filling to be sturdy and long-lasting, the tooth must first be prepared properly. The team at Bay Dental Group uses a local anesthetic to numb the area before the procedure. 

They then remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth with a special instrument and check to ensure that the remaining parts of the tooth are healthy and strong. 

When installing the filling, the process varies slightly depending on the material being used. However, it is often applied in layers, with a special light used to harden each layer. When all of the layers have been applied, your dentist will then trim and shape the filling and polish it to ensure a beautiful appearance. 

How long do tooth fillings last?

When constructed properly, tooth fillings are incredibly durable. They can last for many years, even decades, depending on the material used. Ask your Bay Dental Group provider to discuss which type of filling will work best for your needs.

To learn more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment with the team at Bay Dental Group.