Dr. Travis Lee at Ocean Breeze Dental Care in West Los Angeles has over 20-years experience in using the latest advancements in general & cosmetic dental technologies, techniques and materials to restore damaged teeth. If you are experiencing pain in your mouth, toothache, have broken, cracked or decayed teeth or teeth that have been worn down from teeth grinding or nail biting, please contact our General & Cosmetic Dental Practice for a consultation to determine the best option to restore your teeth and regain your oral health. Upon examination, the knowledgeable & compassionate dental professionals at Ocean Breeze Dental Care will provide the best option for restoring your oral health subject to the size, location of your cavity as well as any other considerations such as insurance coverage and your desired cosmetic considerations as follows:
Dental Amalgam or Silver-Colored Fillings
Silver-colored fillings are made from a combination of metals including mercury, silver, tin and copper. The more affordable and durable option, dental amalgam is the basic tooth filling that is covered by most insurances.
Composite Resins or Tooth-Colored Fillings
Made with a mixture of glass or quartz, composite resins provide good durability & resistance to fractures in small to midsize fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. As Dr. Lee can customize the share to match your natural teeth & gums, composite resins are popular with patients who want a natural looking tooth filling.
Gold fillings are composed of an alloy of gold, copper and other metals. Used over a thousand years, gold is favored for its durability. Gold fillings will be more costly than dental amalgam and not natural looking like composite resins.
If you have a cavity that requires a tooth filling, you’re not alone. Tooth filling is a common & simple dental restoration procedure that an average American receives at least once in their lifetime. A tooth filling treats damage caused by a cavity and restores its function and shape while preventing further decay. Dr. Lee recommends preventive measures to reduce the risk of cavities including routine dental exam & cleaning or fluoride treatment to prevent cavity, especially with children. Please contact our knowledgeable & compassionate dental professionals serving the community around Santa Monica, CA 90025 to maintain your oral health & beautiful smile.