Dental Fillings Specialist

Susan Malibiran, DMD -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Rio Dental Practice

Susan Malibiran, DMD

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Rohnert Park, CA

So your tooth is cracked, or you’ve noticed a cavity — now what? It’s time to see Susan Malibiran, DMD, at Rio Dental in Rohnert Park, California. Treating a cavity quickly is vital for avoiding pain and repairing your smile, as getting a cavity treated as soon as possible can help avoid infections or possible surgery. Book an appointment online today or call Rio Dental for available appointments.

Dental Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

Dental fillings are used to repair a tooth that has started to decay or dissolve. Cavities are the most common reason you need a filling. When a tooth degrades past a certain point, you need to speak with an experienced dentist like Dr. Malibiran about repairing the damage done to the tooth.

How do I know if I need a filling?

Often you’re unaware of the breakdown of your teeth until you start experiencing symptoms you can’t ignore. Some examples of these symptoms are:

  • Heat or cold sensitivity
  • Floss tearing or breaking
  • Previous filling is missing
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Food stuck between teeth
  • Throbbing or sharp tooth pain

If you notice any of these signs, contact Dr. Malibiran at Rio Dental to schedule an appointment to discuss your repair options as soon as possible.

Does dental filling look natural?

Fillings are made from a variety of materials. The size and location of your cavity help determine what material to use for your filling and also helps determine what color the filling should be. The durable materials used for dental fillings include:

  • Composite resins: made into most shades of white to match your teeth
  • Dental amalgam: used in teeth in the back of your mouth
  • Gold fillings: most durable material, lasting up to 20 years

If you prefer a more natural looking filling, speak with Dr. Malibiran about how best to match your filling with your natural tooth color.

How is a tooth filled?

After Dr. Malibiran determines your need for a filling and you have decided the type of material you want your filling made of, she fills your tooth. Dr. Malibiran cares about your comfort, so you may be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. She typically removes the area of decay with a drill.

She then shapes and preps the empty space left after the drilling so that the filling fits perfectly. She places the material of the filling is inside of the drilled tooth, also shaping and forming the material for comfort and use. In some cases, she may use a light to harden the material.

The numbness of the anesthesia usually wears off in 1-3 hours. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers for discomfort. Eating hot and cold foods in the first few weeks may be painful while healing.

Proper dental hygiene keeps the area clean and prevents infection. Brushing and flossing around the filling may be sensitive, but sensitivity usually subsides within two weeks.

Book an appointment online or by calling Rio Dental for available appointment times with Dr. Malibiran so you can have the experienced treatment you need in a time of tooth trouble.