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.
"I’ve been coming here for years and have always had the best experience! Love everyone on their team! They’re always so professional and the office is always sparkling clean with the best tech. Would give 10 stars if it was an option!"- A.A. / Yelp / Aug 18, 2020
"I am so impressed by this office. I had a terrible tooth ache and the 2 offices I called before couldn't care less. When I called Dr. Howard's office, they were so caring and timely. When I came in for my appointment, I was blown away by the protocols they have in place during Covid. I felt so safe and comfortable in the office. Dr. Y took amazing care of me. He made me a ceramic crown in 1 hour, no temporary and no second visit. I couldn't even tell it wasn't my natural tooth. The technology is out of this world and to be honest, the price was very reasonable for the amazing finished product. I'm honestly excited to come back for my cleaning and regular check up. Thank you so much to the entire office for your hard work!"- D.B. / Google / Aug 19, 2020
"A bit of a background before i begin. :-) My experience with dental offices in general began when i was 5. Yep, 5 years old and already needing fillings. Place this child in a Soviet Russia and you will get a good idea why i have been traumatized by visits to a dentist and carried my anxiety throughout my whole life UNTIL i discovered Dr. Alan and Dr. Yoni’s office!! Words could not decribe my relief and excitement when after my first dental work with them i walked away WITHOUT a locked jaw! And each time some work was needed, there was no pain during or after! And everything was done so quickly and so efficiently! The equipment they have is the top of the line, so there is never a need to wait or to return for the second part of the procedure, everything is done right there and then! The entire team is efficient and knowledgeable! My only regret is that i haven’t found you guys sooner!!! I love how kind and attentive everyone is! I wish i was more verbose in describing how i truly feel about this gem of a dental office, but words fail me and all i can add is that my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude and i will be forever grateful for everything you guys do and the way you do it!"- A.S. / Yelp / Aug 17, 2020
"This is THE BEST OF THE BEST IN DENTISTRY!!! Actually I’m coming all the way from NY to fix my teeth here, because I know they will always do a GREAT JOB! I’m an actress/model and my smile is very important for my job!!! HIGLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. And The team is AMAZING!!!"- A.K. / Yelp / Feb 03, 2021
"Grateful. I’ve had a bad experience at the dentist’s office when I was a child and that has made me very nervous as an adult patient. Dr. Alan Howard’s staff was extremely prompt, John at the front desk would text to get me on the calendar or always be available by phone, no long waits. I needed the dreaded root canal, they got me in promptly and Dr. Alan made feel comfortable prior to the procedure and during. I went back for a chipped front tooth and after years of not being proud of my previous "average" job I saw a WORLD of difference with the redone chip in my front tooth. I’m actually showing off my smile now. It wasn’t painful, or nerve wrecking, just a superior job I’m proud of with the correct matching of my natural tooth color which previously they had gotten wrong and I just didn’t know better. Wish I had found them years ago. Go see Dr. Alan, you won’t regret it."- S.Y. / Yelp / Dec 28, 2020
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.