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Posts for: August, 2017

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
August 22, 2017

Learn more about dental fillings and why they are necessary.Tooth-Colored Fillings


A dental filling is one of the most common restorations you can get. If you find yourself facing a cavity then our Garden Grove, CA, dentist Dr. Timothy Bui will certainly recommend getting a dental filling. Of course, many people worry that others will notice a mouth that contains a dental filling. Luckily, this is why we are happy to offer composite resin fillings.

What are composite resin fillings?

If our Garden Grove, CA, general dentist discovered a cavity during your latest routine cleaning then we will want to treat the issue right away. Once the decay has been removed we will need to restore the tooth with a dental filling. While fillings can be made from metal, in most cases we will choose a tooth-colored material to fill the tooth. Composite dental fillings are great because they can be matched to the shade of your teeth and will blend right in, so no one will even know which tooth or teeth have fillings.

This same material can also be used for purely cosmetic purposes. Composite resin is used in a technique known as dental bonding, in which this resin is molded over small cracks, chips, gaps or stains on one or more teeth to improve the color, shape, evenness or length of a tooth.

How are they placed?

Once the tooth has been properly prepared we will apply the first layer of composite resin over the tooth. The resin is moldable so we can easily shape and contour it once it’s applied. Then the layer is hardened with a dental light. Once we have applied enough layers to completely fill the tooth, we will polish the resin to protect the material from staining and to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth.

Whether you have questions about getting dental fillings in Garden Grove, CA, or Newport Beach, CA, or you need to talk to us about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer, then call our office today to schedule your consultation.