Dental Fillings in Laguna Hills

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Cavities & Fillings

Tooth decay and cavities are common dental issues that affect patients of all ages. Some teeth are highly susceptible to cavities, and even with proper oral care, they can still occur. To ensure that your mouth stays healthy, it’s important to get treatment for cavities as soon as you notice them. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get the care you need.

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Cavities and tooth decay are among the world's most common health problems. These dental issues are especially common in children and teenagers.

Almost 90% of American adults have had a cavity

The average American has three dental fillings, while 25% of the population has 11 or more.

Dental fillings have been used for more than 150 years to treat cavities.

Dental fillings can last for 10-15 years with proper oral care.

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Cavities and tooth decay are among the world's most common health problems. These dental issues are especially common in children and teenagers.

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Almost 90% of American adults have had a cavity

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The average American has three dental fillings, while 25% of the population has 11 or more.

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 Dental fillings have been used for more than 150 years to treat cavities.

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Dental fillings can last for 10-15 years with proper oral care.

How Do Cavities Form?

Understanding Tooth Decay

Cavities are formed when bacteria builds up in your mouth and begins to attack the hard enamel of your teeth. Over time, this can create a small hole or “cavity” in your tooth. If it is left untreated, the cavity will continue to get worse and damage more enamel. Weakened enamel can lead to an infected tooth, which may result in the necessity of root canal therapy. If you suspect that you have a cavity, call today to schedule an appointment and get the treatment you need to protect your tooth.

Do Cavities Always Hurt?

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Most cavities do not hurt at all unless they are very severe. The most common symptoms of a cavity include visible darkening or staining on a particular tooth, a deep pit or hole in the tooth, and increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, come see Dr. Kimball right away.

Know Your Options

Treatments for Cavities

If you have a small cavity, fluoride treatments may be able to strengthen your tooth and restore its enamel. If decay has progressed into a full-blown cavity, dental fillings are typically the best treatment. This treatment involves drilling away the damaged enamel and replacing it with an inert material that will protect your tooth’s structure. Fillings halt the progression of cavities and restore the damaged tooth. For more serious cavities that cause a tooth infection, a root canal and dental crown may be required.

Composite Vs. Amalgam Fillings

What’s the difference?

There are a few major differences between composite and amalgam fillings. First, composite fillings are tooth-colored, while metal-amalgam fillings are silver. Compared to amalgam fillings, composite fillings look much more natural. However, composite fillings are typically more costly and are not usually covered by dental insurance. During your consultation, Dr. Kimball will assess your needs and discuss your oral health to help you determine the best option for your smile.

Preventing Cavities

How to Keep Teeth Strong

The very best way to keep your teeth strong and prevent cavities is to brush at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day. It’s also important to see Dr. Kimball for six-month cleanings and exams to remove any plaque and bacteria that can’t be reached with a toothbrush or dental floss. A diet that is low in sugar and simple starches will help prevent cavities by depriving bacteria of the food they need. Other lifestyle changes, such as eliminating tobacco and alcohol use can also help reduce your risk of cavities.

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