Tooth Decay Treatment

Nearly Invisible Composite Fillings for Your Cavity at Newport Beach Dental

Cavities are the most common dental issue we see at Newport Beach Dental and are quite easy to remedy. If you believe you have developed a cavity, you should come in right away to avoid any further tooth decay that will enlarge the cavity. As a skilled cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach , Dr. Alder fills cavities with composite fillings expertly colored to match your tooth. It is the priority of our entire team to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process of getting your composite fillings in Newport Beach , which is usually quick, easy and actually quite painless. Dr. Alder is also great with kids, so you can be sure your child will not develop a fear of the dentist when visiting Newport Beach Dental for tooth decay treatment and fillings and we will make oral health training fun for your child with a demonstration on how to brush. To make an appointment, call us at (949) 642-2300.

My Fillings at Newport Beach Dental

“Dr. Alder and Dr. Flores are always very perceptive to my demeanor when in the office for a filling.  I am quite nervous when it comes to having dental procedures done.  They are both always reassuring before, during, and after the procedure.  Although I may ask many questions, they always answer very kindly.”

Katie D.
Newport Beach , CA

The Why’s And How’s of Tooth Decay

The leading cause of tooth loss among adults is tooth decay. Do you ever wonder how tooth decay occurs? Your tooth has a protective layer of enamel and dentin protecting the nerve and pulp chamber. Basically acids that are created by bacteria in the mouth eat away at these protective layers, forming what we call a cavity. If a cavity is left untreated, the decay will continue deeper into the layers of your tooth which can expose the nerve. Pain as well as extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures can occur when the root is exposed and you will likely need a root canal to remove the infected portion of the nerve and pulp. If you suspect you may have a cavity, make an appointment with us at Newport Beach Dental right away. We will thoroughly examine your teeth for any signs of tooth decay and any cavities that may have formed.

Keeping Your Smile Healthy with Composite Fillings in Newport Beach

In years past cavities were filled with amalgam, a mercury alloy. Today, we consider composite fillings to be not only a healthier option but a much more aesthetic one. Composite fillings are virtually undetectable as they are shaded to match the color of your tooth. Gone are the days when laughing or smiling would expose your fillings, so you can smile with confidence! And if you happen to have an old amalgam filling or two, we would be happy to discuss replacing these with a new composite filling. Your smile is important to us and we hope to see it within our practice often.

Don’t Delay, Cavities Keep Growing Without A Filling

In most cases, tooth decay and the cavities formed can be easily remedied with the proper composite filling. However, if left untreated, the decay will definitely spread. There is no reason to delay treatment as this is a simple procedure we perform often. We will make you feel right at home when you visit our Newport Beach office. We have built our practice on a foundation of great patient care and camaraderie. When you come in, we want to establish a relationship with you and make sure each time you return, you feel as if you are visiting old friends. Our extremely clean and comfortable patient rooms provide a calming atmosphere where you can lie back and watch a movie, while Dr. Alder restores your tooth with a gentle touch. If, by chance, you have put off coming in for a composite filling and the decay has spread, we can still help save your tooth with a more extensive treatment such as placing a crown or performing a root canal. And in extreme cases, where extracting the tooth is necessary, we will carefully guide you through this procedure as well.

Tooth Decay and Kids

While not a practice dedicated strictly to pediatric dentistry, we cater to the special needs of children. We find it very important to start children off right. With each hygiene visit a child makes to our office, we include a demonstration on proper brushing and flossing. Kids will still sometimes forget to brush and tooth decay can happen, so keep in mind there are some fairly new developments in tooth decay prevention for kids prone to cavities that we can discuss such as long-term sealants to protect their molars from getting food particles trapped in the pits and grooves. Above all, we want to make sure your child has a positive experience when visiting our office. The better their first experiences with the dentist are, the more likely they will be to develop life-long good oral hygiene habits.

Come See Us While Your Cavity is Still Small!

If you have any questions about fillings or tooth decay, or are ready to set up an appointment you can contact us at (949) 642-2300.