When a tooth has decay, Dr. Joseph C. Styger may recommend a dental filling in San Francisco, California. When a tooth has a cavity, the decayed material is removed by our dentist and the area is filled with the filling material. Our office offers composite resin fillings, which can also be used to repair teeth that are cracked, broken, or worn down.

Composite fillings have many advantages over other filling materials. Composites are made to closely match the color of your natural teeth so they do not mar the beauty of your smile. They are especially desirable for use on the front teeth or other visible teeth. Composite resin fillings are chemically bonded to your tooth, making them stronger. Unlike other filling materials, composites can be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn down teeth as well as to fill a tooth. In many cases, less tooth structure needs to be removed when preparing for the composite filling than with amalgam fillings.

To care for and maintain your filling, brush and floss daily and visit our dentist regularly. During dental exams, our dentist will check your fillings to ensure that they are not leaking. If he suspects that there is a problem, he will take X-rays to get a closer look. If needed, our dentist will schedule you to have a filling repaired or replaced. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentist if your tooth is very sensitive, if it has a sharp edge, if the filling is cracked, or if part of the filling is missing.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact our office today.