If a tooth is damaged by tooth decay or trauma, our dentist may recommend a filling to repair the tooth. A dental filling is a restoration used to repair a tooth that has suffered minor to moderate damage. To place a filling, Dr. Greg L. Wolfe first removes the decayed portion of the tooth and cleans the tooth. We then fill the tooth with the chosen filling material and shape the filling to fit the contours of the tooth. Finally, the dental filling is hardened with a special light and checked to make sure it matches your bite. A dental filling in Ventura, California, requires just one comfortable visit to our office.
There are two main types of fillings available, and our dentist will help you choose the one that best fits your personal dental needs and preferences. Amalgam fillings, sometimes called silver fillings, are made of a mixture of metals. These restorations are considered very durable and are often more affordable than composite fillings. Composite fillings are the second kind of filling, and they are made of a tooth-colored material known as composite resin. Dr. Greg L. Wolfe is able to match the shade of the restoration to your natural tooth color; these fillings are also called tooth-colored or white fillings, and they are an aesthetic choice for repairing teeth. To learn more about the types of restorations we offer at Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry, please call us today!