If you develop a cavity, white fillings can prevent further damage and restore your tooth to its near-original condition. At his practice in San Jose, California, Lester Martinez, DDS, and his bilingual team use white fillings to safely and effectively treat tooth decay. White fillings blend in with your natural tooth enamel, ensuring no one knows you’ve had any work done. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the office today.
White fillings are a type of restoration used to address damage caused by tooth decay, chips, or fractures. They’re safe for use anywhere in your mouth, preserve your natural teeth, and prevent the need for an extraction or an oral prosthetic.
Traditionally, fillings contained metal amalgam. White fillings feature a composite resin that mimics the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel.
Getting a white filling begins with an in-office consultation. Dr. Martinez conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and orders oral X-rays to determine the extent of the tooth decay. He then administers a local anesthetic and carefully removes the decaying portion of your tooth.
Dr. Martinez sterilizes your tooth, preparing it for the filling. He then applies a thin layer of composite resin to the top of your tooth and points a light at it to dry.
Dr. Martinez repeats these steps several times until your tooth achieves its near-original shape and color. He trims off any excess material, polishes your tooth, and assesses your bite.
Once the anesthesia wears off, it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort and increased tooth sensitivity. For the first few days after your appointment, avoid very hot or cold foods and beverages.
You might also want to eat soft foods for the first 24 hours, like Jell-O, mashed potatoes, or scrambled eggs. It’s okay to brush and floss like you normally would; just do so gently. If your tooth sensitivity persists for longer than a week, reach out to Dr. Martinez right away.
The length of your fillings’ lifespan depends on your oral hygiene. If you want your white fillings to last a long time, Dr. Martinez recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting the practice every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
It’s also important to avoid bad habits, like opening objects with your teeth, biting your nails, or chewing on hard items like ice cubes. By avoiding bad habits and practicing good oral hygiene, white fillings can last 10-15 years.
Anyone who experiences mild tooth decay due to an untreated cavity can benefit from white fillings. If you have extensive damage, a more sturdy prosthetic, like a crown, may be necessary. Following an oral exam and in-office consultation, Dr. Martinez can make recommendations that align with your needs.
To learn more about the benefits of white fillings, schedule a consultation at the practice of Lester Martinez DDS. Book an appointment online, or call the office today. Spanish-speaking team members are available.