We at Royal Dental Practice have had the great pleasure of partnering with individuals of all ages and with multiple generations within the same families. So, we really get to know our patients in West Hills Los Angeles, California. We can pinpoint potential genetic risk factors by noticing the likes of patterns within families. Additionally, our dentist, Dr. Roya Shoffet-Yaghoubian, stays on top of any health conditions or changes that can affect oral health. There is also a converse relationship; existing oral conditions such as gum disease can affect systemic health and chronic conditions such as diabetes.
Dental fillings, and the materials and processes used to make them, can be avoided with our proactive approach to care. However, fillings also present a quick and relatively conservative way to treat cavities, stop the progression of dental decay, and avoid the need for more extensive and costly restorative treatments. So, dental fillings present a well-tolerated, tooth-preserving, fast, low-maintenance, and affordable alternative to dental restorations such as full crowns and root canal therapy.
Part of providing the “royal treatment” comes down to accounting for each patient as a unique individual. Each person we partner with brings a range of personal characteristics, preferences, goals, needs, and budgets to the table. We are happy to discuss the pros and cons of each filling material available at our office. Generally, these materials include metals and non-metals. Metal fillings include those made from an amalgam or combination of metals, including copper, silver, and tin. Non-metal fillings may be made from materials such as composite resin and dental ceramics. Resin is a plastic material that is often infused with glass-like particles. This option is the most “tooth-like” in appearance; however, it is not as strong as metal fillings.
Factors that can influence the type of material used to make your fillings include the location of the cavitated tooth and the tooth’s function. A back tooth that is not visible when you smile and sustains the brunt of the force from chewing and other functions may be most appropriate for treatment with a gold inlay or porcelain inlay. A tooth that is more visible in the smile and does not bear most of the pressure from chewing may be most appropriately treated with a composite or metal-free filling.
Call without delay to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shoffet. Our team can be reached at (818) 334-6655. The best restorative treatment is the one that doesn’t have to occur. So, we may be able to resolve early-stage enamel erosion, for instance, with oral hygiene recommendations and not a procedure. For your convenience and the best experience possible, we also offer mobile dentistry services and a range of payment options – from financing to our in-house dental membership plans.
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