Dental Fillings in San Rafael, CA
Fillings are suitable for small to medium cavities that may be causing discomfort or pain. If the cavity is large, our trained dentist near you may place an inlay or onlay instead.
The procedure for dental fillings is pain-free and can prevent the need for complicated dental treatment.
What Is a Dental Filling?
Fillings in San Rafael, CA, are inserted to seal holes or cavities caused by decay. When bacteria attack the tooth enamel, they create small holes that may expand or spread if left untreated. Dr. Peter Zahedi inserts fillings to restore the tooth to its normal shape and function. Unlike bone, tooth enamel cannot repair itself.
If you postpone your visit to San Rafael Dentistry, food particles and debris may get trapped in the cavity and cause further infection. Porcelain, composite resin, and gold fillings are the most commonly used fillings. Out of these, porcelain or resin fillings can be shaded to mimic your tooth.
How Do You Know If You Need a Filling?
At times, you may be susceptible to cavities despite regular oral hygiene and care due to biological factors. Please visit your dentist if you observe the following:
- Throbbing or sharp pain (pain usually indicates a larger cavity)
- Lingering and increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- You are able to feel or see a hole or dark spot in your teeth
- Floss thread seems to tear in a particular spot in your oral cavity
- The tooth feels rough
You may have small or hidden cavities even if you don’t experience or notice any of the above symptoms. Please book an appointment with our reliable dentist in San Rafael, CA, to prevent future complications.
How the Dentist Treats Cavities
Dr. Peter Zahedi will first perform a visual assessment to check for holes, spaces, cracks, or discolorations at the site. At times, the patient may experience pain in the upper tooth due to ‘referred’ pain from decay in the lower dental arch. We may then take a set of x-rays for a more-in-depth image of the cavity. The images help identify the location and nature of decay.