Restore Decayed Teeth
with dental fillings
If you have a cavity in Long Beach, Dr. Dustin Dodds and Dr. Emily Dodds are here to help. At Dodds Dental, we can restore your smile and your bite with a dental filling, and prevent further complications related to tooth decay. Learn more about composite dental fillings below, or contact us now to schedule a consultation.
Understanding the basics
What is a dental filling?
Dental fillings are the simplest method of restoring a tooth that’s been affected by tooth decay. The process is simple. Dr. Emily or Dr. Dustin Dodds will clean your mouth, numb the treatment area, then remove the decayed enamel using a dental drill.
Once your tooth is clean and free of decayed tooth material, a composite resin will be applied to the cavity layer-by-layer, and hardened with a UV light. This material matches the color and appearance of your tooth perfectly. Once the overall shape is right, the filling will be trimmed and your bite will be checked to make sure it fits perfectly.
Fillings are the best way to treat minor-to-moderate cavities. With timely treatment, you can eliminate pain and discomfort, prevent complications like tooth infections, and save time and money by avoiding the need for more complex, invasive, and expensive treatments like root canal therapy and dental crowns.
Not sure if you need a filling from Dodds Dental? If you have a tooth that feels sensitive when you chew or consume hot/cold foods and beverages, are experiencing random tooth pain, or notice dark spots on one or more of your teeth, you may have a cavity, and need a filling from our team. Contact us for an appointment right away.
Know What To Expect
Does getting a filling hurt?
Fillings do not hurt. Your mouth will be completely numb during the treatment process, and we even offer sedation dentistry if you are nervous about your procedure or have dental anxiety in Long Beach. Using the latest tools and minimally-invasive techniques, Dr. Dustin or Dr. Emily Dodds will ensure that you feel safe and comfortable throughout your entire appointment at our office.
expected treatment lifespan
how long do fillings last?
Depending on the type of filling you choose, the location of the filling, and how well you care for your smile after treatment, your filling could last anywhere between 7-20 years.
To keep your filling strong and ensure it lasts a long time, make sure that you brush and floss twice a day for two minutes, floss once per day, and see the team at Dodds Dental for a teeth cleaning and oral exam every six months.
Get the care you need
Contact Dodds Dental
At Dodds Dental, Dr. Emily and Dr. Dustin Dodds are always here to help you get the dental care you need in Long Beach. If you suspect you have a cavity and need a filling, just call us at (562) 439-0754 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.