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Fillings Specialist

Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Simi Valley, CA

Tooth decay, even mild cases, can threaten the structure of your teeth. Luckily, Mitchell Wechsler, DDS, and the experienced team of professionals at Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice offer fillings to treat cavities and stop decay in its tracks. Located in Simi Valley, California, the practice provides different filling options to accommodate any aesthetic preference or budget. To schedule a consultation and learn more about fillings, call the office or use the online booking tool today


What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are commonly used restorations that can replace missing, damaged, or decayed sections of teeth. They’re often used to treat cavities — small holes in your teeth that are caused by decay. Fillings are molded onto your teeth to help reshape or resize them. The result is a natural-looking restoration that prevents future decay and cavities.

What are dental fillings made of?

The team at Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice offers a wide selection of restorative filling choices, including:

  • Gold
  • Amalgam
  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Composite resin

Each type of material presents unique benefits. For instance, gold fillings are perhaps the most durable, but aren’t tooth-colored and can draw unwanted attention to your smile. On the other hand, composite resin blends in nicely with your smile, which is why it’s one of the more popular choices.

There are also different price points for each type. Your experienced dental professional at Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice will help you assess your options and better understand what’s most appropriate for you and your smile.

How does the procedure for a dental filling work?

Typically, dental filling procedures are very simple and take less than an hour. First, your dentist evaluates your tooth and helps you decide which type of filling material you should settle on.

During the actual procedure, your dentist uses special dental instruments to mold the putty-like filling substance onto your tooth. They shape it to perfectly match your original tooth’s shape and size. Then, a final polish that smooths the surface is the last step in completing your new filling restoration.

How long does a dental filling last?

On average, fillings should last approximately 7-10 years. However, you have a significant role to play in determining the lifespan of your filling. It’s very important that you treat your filling like a natural tooth. That means brushing and flossing diligently, as well as maintaining regular dental cleanings to monitor your filling and keep it in tip-top shape.

Certain filling materials are also known to last longer. You may want to avoid certain foods — such as hard candies — that may crack your filling.

To set up a consultation at Legacy Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice and find out more about dental fillings, call the office or use online scheduling today.