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.
"Dr. Barry and his staff run a modern, clean, and efficient practice using the latest technologies to assist them in evaluating and caring for their patients. As a new patient I had a full set of digital x-rays taken, followed by possibly my most thorough oral exam ever including a complete explanation of the findings by Dr. Barry, and finally my teeth were expertly cleaned by the hygienist Kristen. During the exam I felt like I had the full attention of Dr. Barry as he considered my previous dental history and made his recommendations. Overall, a very positive experience — this dental practice is a keeper! Full disclosure: I am a former dental hygienist, so you know I was watching very carefully."- R.U. / Google / Nov 08, 2019
"I had a first consultation today to do a dental cleaning. The crew was very attention, patient and professional couldn't be more impressed. Thank you for the outstanding work"- A.M. / Google / Oct 31, 2019
"My hygienist, Kristen, is absolutely awesome. She is wonderful, as is all of the staff at Dr. Barry's office. I highly recommend him and his staff."- B.S. / Google / Oct 09, 2019
"My family has been seeing Dr. Barry for 22 years now and have nothing but great things to say about him and his staff! If not, we would not have been his loyal customer!"- E.L. / Google / Sep 26, 2019
"Great teamwork getting my broken tooth fixed and me chewing again!"- J.H. / Google / Sep 05, 2019
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.