A filling is the most straightforward form of restoration for teeth damaged by tooth decay, poor oral health or fractures. A filling repairs the cavities in your child’s teeth and provides the structure needed for their teeth to function. Leaving a cavity alone in its early stages leads to more invasive dental treatments, so catching them before they worsen is the best option.

Fillings keep harmful bacteria from entering your child’s tooth and decaying it further. Fillings also restore their ability to chew food without pain. Depending on the materials used, dental fillings usually last for about ten years, and maintaining them well with proper oral hygiene may improve their lifespan.

What Materials Do We Use for Fillings?

Dentists have used certain filling materials for decades, but we have a more extensive selection these days. Different materials are now available that provide structure and also look natural. Some of these materials are virtually indistinguishable from your child’s natural teeth:

  • Ceramic fillings: These contain high-quality dental porcelain and are very resistant to stains and wear. They also have a reasonably long lifespan.
  • Glass ionomers: With these fillings, a glass cement bonds directly to the tooth’s surface for a tight seal. These fillings produce fluoride over time to strengthen and protect the tooth from further decay.
  • Composite fillings: Also called “tooth-colored fillings,” these fillings are made of a resin and glass mixture that hardens when set.
  • Silver fillings: Silver fillings, or amalgam fillings, have been the standard form of tooth restoration for a few decades. Though they may not be the prettiest, these fillings are solid, resilient and exceptionally resistant to wear.
  • Gold fillings: These are the most expensive filling and the least common. They are extremely strong and durable but stand out prominently in your child’s smile.

What To Expect During a Dental Filling

When you bring your child in need of fillings to our office, we make the process easy.

  1. First, we numb the area where we plan to work.
  2. We remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth.
  3. We prepare the filling material if it needs any prep work.
  4. We apply adhesives to the area, along with filling materials and shape it to match your teeth.
  5. We shine a bright, hand-held light into your mouth to help bond the filling.

Fusing Beauty and Functionality

If your child struggles with sensitive teeth or has trouble chewing, they might be suffering from tooth decay. Fillings are an effective way to restore their teeth to working order. Whether you choose a natural-looking filling or more notable silver or gold for your child, we make it beautiful and functional.

For pediatric dental work and fillings in Los Angeles, California, call Atlantic Children & Family Dentistry at 323-263-9600 to schedule your child’s appointment with our dentists, Dr. Jung Yoon Chang or Dr. Quy-Phung Phan, today!

Contact Details

Contact Details

East Los Angeles

952 South Atlantic Blvd., Suite A
Los Angeles, CA 90022

323-263-9600

Los Angeles Location Hours

DayHours
Monday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SundayClosed

Santa Ana

902 E. 1st St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

714-835-5921

Santa Ana Location Hours

DayHours
Monday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SundayClosed

Los Angeles Location

Santa Ana Location