Fillings Specialist

Unique Dental Care

Rahul Malik, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & Denture Specialist located in San Leandro, CA

When you have a cavity, chip, or crack in your tooth, you should repair it right away to prevent permanent damage or tooth loss. Top dentist Dr. Rahul Malik of Unique Dental Care restores your tooth with composite fillings that match your tooth’s shape and color. Unique Dental Care is conveniently located in San Leandro, California. If you live in San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, San Lorenzo, or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Malik’s friendly and helpful team by phone or the online form to book a dental consultation.

Fillings Q & A

Why do I need dental fillings?

At Unique Dental Care, Dr. Malik uses amalgam (metal) fillings and nonmetal, natural-looking composite fillings to repair decay and minor damage to your tooth. When you get a dental filling, Dr. Malik cleans your tooth and molds the tooth-colored filling over the defect, shaping it and smoothing it so it blends into your tooth seamlessly.

Dr. Malik may recommend fillings to repair:

  • Cavities
  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Fractures

What happens if I don’t fill a cavity or chip?

If your tooth has a cavity, bacteria from the food you eat has eroded the protective enamel on your tooth. The bacteria can pass through the cavity into the innermost portion of your tooth — the pulp — which is filled with sensitive nerves, blood vessels, and other important tissues. An infection in the pulp can spread down into your tooth’s roots via the root canals and may damage your tooth so severely that it could fall out or need to be extracted.

Cracks and chips in your enamel also increase your risk of developing an infection severe enough to cause tooth loss. An infection in your tooth also has serious health implications: The bacteria can enter your bloodstream and cause a dangerous condition known as a systemic infection.

How does a tooth filling affect my Invisalign® aligners?

Before he fits you for Invisalign’s clear braces, Dr. Malik ensures that your teeth and gums are healthy. He clears infections and repairs cracks, chips, or other damage with bonding or crowns.

While you wear Invisalign, you must be diligent about your oral health. Brush twice a day, floss at least once, and get a professional cleaning at Unique Dental twice a year.

If you develop a cavity while wearing Invisalign, or if you break or crack a tooth, the repair may alter the fit of your aligners. While Dr. Malik makes every attempt to recreate the shape of your original tooth during a repair, you may need to get a new set of aligners that fit the restored tooth.

How long does it take to get fillings?

If you have a cavity, Dr. Malik first removes the decayed matter and then cleans and reshapes your tooth. Filling your cavity or repairing cracks or chips takes only about an hour or so. You’ll leave Unique Dental Care after one appointment with a healthy, restored tooth.

When you need a filling, call the happy Unique Dental staff for an appointment, or use the online form.