Dental Filling La Jolla
A Dental Filling La Jolla is the perfect solution to a cavity, or any amount of tooth decay, that has not reached the dental pulp where nerves are stored. If this occurs, then a root canal is often needed.
Here’s a small history lesson. Did you know that fossils of men and women from the Iron Age only had a cavity rate of close to 10%? Is this bad or good? Well, if you compare it to our present day cavity rate of almost 50%, we start believing the men and women of the Iron Age were doing something right!
So how does this occur since technology is at its highest of all time? Technology is nice, but sometimes too good for our own well-being. Processed foods and sugary candy are most likely the main culprits in such a high cavity rate. The bacteria in our mouths feed off the sugars and starches that are thrown into our bodies, something the people of the Iron Age were not exposed to. In short, this whole process results in acid eating away at the enamel of our teeth, resulting in a cavity, resulting in a dental filling to essentially save your tooth.
Types of Dental Fillings
If our dentist recommends a dental filling La Jolla, then you will have the option to choose the material to fill your tooth with.
- Composite-Resin - This type of material is our best recommendation as it is both highly durable as the material can actually bond to your tooth, while matching the same shade of your tooth color. They do not resist staining as well as porcelain.
- Amalgam (or Silver) - These are very durable, but with one drawback; they are not pleasing to the eye. Also, much speculation has surfaced regarding the safety of amalgam in the mouth as they contain mercury, a toxic substance known to be harmful to humans, however the American Dental Association has deemed material a safe and effective solution for dental cavities. They are also more cost-effective than other options.
- Porcelain - Similar to composite-resin which aim at matching the tooth’s natural color, porcelain fillings are resistant to stains and bond to your tooth, allowing them to last for a considerable amount of time with proper care.
It’s best to choose the material that suits your needs the best. If you are unsure of the material that may be best for your dental filling, then please do not hesitate to contact our La Jolla dentist for more information. We have knowledgeable dentists who deal with all areas of dentistry expertise including general services, orthodontic services, and even cosmetic dentistry services perfect for the whole family.
For more information on a dental filling La Jolla and other general dentistry procedures, please give us a call @ 858-401-7761 or simply contact us with your question or inquiry using our online contact form.