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Restore Your Tooth

Dental Fillings in Beverly Hills, CA | Kerri Hill, DDS

When left untreated, cavities can lead to severe symptoms and complications, such as a toothache, infection, or even tooth loss. Cavities are permanent damage and can only be treated by replacing the damaged portion of the tooth with metal, ceramic, or composite materials. These sturdy materials can restore the function, integrity, and appearance of your tooth while resolving and preventing complications caused by cavities. At The Art of Dental Wellness, Dr. Hill uses a variety of materials to repair cavities according to your individual needs. So, if you have decay, it is essential to treat the tooth right away. We fix damaged teeth with our durable and robust Beverly Hills dental fillings.

Protect Your Tooth’s Overall Health

What are Dental Fillings?

As the name implies, dental fillings involve the application of strong materials to fill in areas of teeth that have been permanently damaged or lost. Depending on the location of your damaged tooth, your filling may be made of a composite material white filling that blends with your natural teeth in locations that are more visible.

How do
Dental Fillings work?

Dental fillings repair sections of damaged teeth to prevent further deterioration and other complications from cavities by preventing bacteria from reaching vital areas further within the tooth, therefore preventing the need for root canal therapy.

Dental Fillings at
The Art of Dental Wellness

Dr. Hill is known not only for her extensive knowledge and experience with reconstructive dental procedures but also for her ability to consistently achieve exceptional cosmetic results. The Art of Dental Wellness offers the highest quality dental care in the Los Angeles area.

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Repair & Prevent

What can Dental Fillings do?

Tooth fillings are the ideal solution for patients of any age with tooth damage or a cavity requiring minor repair. Patients with more severe tooth damage may require more involved treatment, such as dental crowns. During your consultation, Dr. Hill will examine your teeth to ensure you receive the right treatment for your concerns.

How do I know if I have a cavity?

While small cavities may not present any symptoms, they can progress to the point of impacting your daily life and appearance. If you suspect you have a cavity, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible for assessment and treatment. Signs you may have a cavity include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Surface staining on the tooth
  • Discomfort or pain while eating or biting down
  • Pain caused by heat, cold, and sweet substances
  • A lingering toothache or sudden, shooting pain that appears at seemingly random times

What causes cavities?

Generally, the process getting a cavity begins with oral bacteria consuming sugars from the food and drink we consume, which then produces acid that gradually removes minerals from the hard tissues of the teeth, including the enamel coating. Over time, this demineralization weakens the tooth structure and can lead to cavities, if left untreated. While anyone can develop cavities, there are certain conditions that may increase your risk of tooth decay. Your diet plays an important role in your oral health, and substances with a high sugar content are notorious for contributing to the occurrence of cavities. Other factors, such as oral hygiene, dry mouth, genetics, tooth position, medications, and acid reflux can also impact the health of your teeth and make you more prone to dental caries. It is essential to pay close attention to substances and conditions that may lead to tooth decay and take the necessary precautions to ensure optimal oral health by brushing and flossing twice a day, limiting your sugar intake, and treating any conditions that may be harming your teeth.

A Comprehensive Expertise

Patient Experience

Dr. Hill delivers an exceptional experience, combining her expertise in cosmetic and restorative dentistry with an empathetic and friendly bedside manner.

For the most precise treatment, Beverly Hills dentist, Dr. Kerri Hill, will listen to your concerns attentively and apply advanced diagnostic imaging to gain a full understanding of your tooth’s condition and derive an optimally personalized treatment plan. At The Art of Dental Wellness, we ensure your most comfortable treatment, employing sedation dentistry and local anesthesia as needed.

What are the benefits of dental fillings?

Fillings strengthen and protect your damaged tooth to prevent further decay and pain. The filling blocks off your tooth’s nerve endings from exposure to aggravating factors, alleviating symptoms. At the same time, your filling will reinforce your tooth’s structure. If your cavity is visible when you smile, a customized filling will be designed to match your natural tooth seamlessly to restore your natural and healthy-looking smile.

Dental Fillings Preparation and Procedure

During the restorative procedure, our dentist removes all signs of decay. Then they apply the appropriate filling material. Next, the layer is sculpted and hardened with a curing light. Once the process is completed, your tooth will be returned to its natural shape and functionality. Porcelain fillings prevent the spread of decay and tooth sensitivity. As a result, the restored tooth should serve you well for many years to come. If you believe you have a cavity Beverly Hills dentist, Dr. Kerri Hill can ensure you receive the proper care to fully restore your tooth, so please call us immediately to schedule an appointment.

Cleaning And Numbing
The Treatment Area

Filling a cavity is a routine procedure that should not be feared. To start, Dr. Hill will clean the area and use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we offer sedation options to help you feel comfortable and safe before and throughout the procedure. Just let us know what your needs and concerns are before the day of your treatment. We are happy to book a consultation and answer all questions.

Placing a
Dental Filling

Your dentist will apply a tooth-colored filling near you to the adequately prepared tooth. Composite fillings match the shade of your natural enamel. Silver amalgam or other metal materials are more visible. Dr. Hill will determine the suitable material depending on the severity of the decay, tooth location, and your preference.

Preparing The
Decayed Tooth

Tooth preparation is necessary after the affected area is numb. This means that your dentist will remove any decayed enamel. Trimming away the damaged structure ensures the treatment area is free of bacteria or disease.

Restored Strength and Appearance

Dental Fillings Recovery, Results, and Aftercare

You can expect your recovery after your dental filling procedure to be minimal. Depending on the material used for your filling, you may need to wait up to 24 hours to eat solid food while your filling hardens. For all fillings, you should cautiously avoid chewing hard, sticky, and chewy foods for about two weeks. Post-procedure pain is generally mild and manageable with over-the-counter medications.

Maintaining your Dental Filling results

With good oral hygiene habits and regular dentist visits, your tooth will function well for a long time. So, regularly visit our dentist’s office and brush and floss every day.

Dental Fillings Frequently Asked Questions

Delaying treatment can allow decay to reach the nerve of your tooth, causing severe pain and exposing the inner parts of your tooth to infection-causing bacteria. Without a filling, a cavity can lead to further complications and more involved treatment.

No. While the early stages of a cavity can be reversed by brushing, once the cavity has penetrated the enamel, it cannot be reversed and must be treated by a dentist.

Kerri Hill, DDS, offers a uniquely all-encompassing, patient-focused dental treatment experience in Beverly Hills. The expert behind some of Hollywood’s best smiles, Dr. Hill’s propensity for empathy and meticulous care allow her to make patients’ dreams a reality. Begin building your best smile with a comprehensive consultation at The Art of Dental Wellness.

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