Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria eats away at your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of metals, including mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't fuse fully with the enamel and the mercury may be hazardous to your general health. At Ron Barry, D.M.D. in Del Mar, CA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Ron Barry uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Barry can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment for cavities. In addition, we utilize advanced methods to safely and effectively remove cavities and tooth decay for a more comfortable and relaxing patient experience.
Air abrasion drill alternative is the newest method of cleaning out tooth decay. One advantage of air abrasion is that you don't hear any noise or feel any vibration. Air abrasion works like a tiny sandblaster. Compressed air and an abrasive powder wear decay off your tooth. Individuals who have needle phobia may also have reason to rejoice. For shallower cavities, you may not need an anesthetic. Although the air and the abrasive powder can cause some sensitivity, the procedure is relatively simple and quick. Often, if a small cavity is found during a checkup, Dr. Barry can fill it the same day in about ten minutes using air abrasion.
"The best patient care! I came in for my first ever filling and I was a little nervous. Dr Barry and Vanessa gave me thorough attention, walked me through the whole thing, and checked in on me frequently during the procedure. It was a piece of cake!"- B.S. / Google / Feb 16, 2019
"Dr. Barry replaced the discolored bonding on my two front teeth. I was so hesitant to get veneers because of their permanency and worry that I wouldn't like the results. But he did an amazing job! The shape and color was so well done. I am extremely pleased and would highly recommend him as a cosmetic dentist."- M.E. / Yelp / Jan 20, 2019
"Dr. Barry is very thorough and always does a great job. His staff is caring, knowledgeable, and very helpful as well. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great dentist!"- R.M. / Google / Dec 19, 2018
"I needed to have a crown re-glued after having lost it Friday night. The service was immediate Monday morning and they fit me in. Dr. Barry is quick and efficient and it was painless. That’s the best kind of experience. The office has friendly and efficient people who make you feel comfortable."- B.M. / Google / Dec 18, 2018
"Friendly and professional staff!"- E.B. / Google / Dec 14, 2018
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings typically seal the area of decay in the enamel of the tooth once it's been cleaned out by Dr. Barry. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to correct other concerns with your teeth, such as chips or wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great result. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Barry about getting them taken out and redone with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling with composite resin at Ron Barry, D.M.D. is generally a quick procedure. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed. As soon as you're ready, the affected enamel can be treated using a special drill that Dr. Barry will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is cleared away and the area is disinfected, the cavity will be replaced with the composite resin material and hardened. Dr. Barry will smooth the composite resin so it matches your other teeth.
You will be able to get back to your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages for several days. You can use nonprescription pain medicine to minimize discomfort or inflammation; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems uneven or high, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. When you return for your annual dental examination, Dr. Barry will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered in part by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Barry will talk about the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities in the teeth may begin as a small problem, but it is crucial to have them addressed before they develop into a more expensive concern. At Ron Barry, D.M.D. in Del Mar, CA, cavities may be addressed with dental fillings. Dr. Barry makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a healthy, beautiful smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to make a dental examination with Dr. Barry.