Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria eats away at your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of metals including mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't fuse fully with the enamel and the mercury may be hazardous to your general health. At The Dental Office Encino, board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard use tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Drs. Howard and Howard can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment for cavities at their office in Encino, CA.
"The office itself is very clean and the staff is very nice. As soon as you get your seat they have a TV that you can watch anything you want.The appointment itself was quick and painless! The fastest filling I’ve ever had and experienced no pain. The teeth cleaning was also great and they took their time to make sure that everything looked good.Overall it was the best dental experience that I ever had."- K.C. / Google / Dec 28, 2018
"The office itself is very clean and the staff is very nice. As soon as you get your seat they have a TV that you can watch anything you want. The appointment itself was quick and painless! The fastest filling I've ever had and experienced no pain. The teeth cleaning was also great and they took their time to make sure that everything looked good. Overall it was the best dental experience that I ever had."- K.C. / Yelp / Dec 27, 2018
"I've been coming here for the past theee of four years. They are always, prompt, nice, friendly, clean, professional! Thank you! Or check out that cool salt water tank in their waiting room"- L.A. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2018
"State of the art facility with an amazing staff. They really make an effort and put so much care into getting to know you and provide quality care."- J.T. / Yelp / Aug 04, 2018
"I called in the morning after I had an accident that broke off both front teeth. The staff was so caring and understood the urgency so they fit me in that day (within a few hours). Dr. Howard immediately placed composites and shaped and sculpted teeth from me so I didn't feel pressure about my permanent fix options. He felt that if he talked about options and price while I had teeth missing, I would jump at it because of how desperate I would be to fix what is a pretty important feature of my face (especially being the front teeth). He also didn't charge me for the composites and just asked that I think about what I really wanted to do. He was very sweet and compassionate. He provided his number if I had concerns and even asked that my Orthodontist cousin give him a call so he can explain the breaks and the cosmetic/treatment options. His friendly staff and himself gave several follow up calls to make sure I was not in any pain. I am happy to have found a new dentist and have been referring them to my clients since."- A.M. / Yelp / Jul 13, 2018
Tooth-colored fillings seal the area of decay in the enamel once it's been cleaned out by Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to correct other concerns with your teeth, such as chips or wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great result. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Howard about getting them taken out and replaced with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling with composite resin at The Dental Office Encino is generally a quick treatment. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed. As soon as you're ready, the infected enamel can be treated using a special drill that Dr. Howard will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is cleared away and the area is disinfected, the cavity will be replaced with the composite resin material. Dr. Howard will then smooth the composite resin so it matches the texture of your other teeth.
You will be able to get back to your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to extreme temperatures for several days. You can use nonprescription pain medicine to minimize discomfort or inflammation; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems uneven or high, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine that includes daily flossing and brushing. When you return for your annual dental examination, Dr. Howard will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities, they are typically covered in part by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Howard will talk about the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.
Cavities in the teeth may begin as a small problem, but it is crucial to have them addressed before they develop into a more expensive concern. At The Dental Office Encino, cavities may be addressed with dental fillings. Drs. Howard and Howard make sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a healthy, beautiful smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to schedule a dental examination with Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard in Encino, CA.