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Tooth Fillings and Bonding

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Did you know that 91% of adults in the US have had a dental cavity on a permanent tooth?

Cavities, by far, are the most common condition we treat in the dental office. The most common places for them to form are in between teeth, in the deep grooves and pits of your teeth, and by the gumline– all of the hard-to-clean places! If visible, cavities appear as a dark or chalky brown spot on a tooth. They cause the tooth to soften in the affected area, so they can be confirmed when touched with our dental instruments during an exam. They also cause the tooth to be less dense in the areas it has affected, so they can be detected with radiographs as well. When detected early enough, most cavities can be treated by removal from the tooth and the tooth sealed up by a dental filling. Dr. Khoda will choose a composite resin (tooth-colored) filling or an amalgam (silver) filling.

What can fillings and bonding procedures do for teeth?

  • Reshape the tooth and seal it off after a cavity has been removed
  • Add bulk back to teeth if a small portion is chipped away
  • Close gaps between teeth

How is a filling completed?

Once a cavity has been detected and a filling recommended, we will have you back and start by administering an anesthetic to the area where the cavity is. Once the tooth/teeth are nice and numb, Dr. Ava Khodakhast will begin by removing all of the cavity and affected portions from your tooth. She will prepare and prime the tooth to accept the filling material when everything is cleaned out. She will pack the filling material into the tooth and sculpt it to match the anatomy of that tooth. Sometimes, she may need to apply a matrix or band around the tooth to help her shape the filling material properly. Once completed, she will adjust the fillings so they won’t interfere with how your teeth come together and polish everything up, so it looks like nothing happened!

Dr. Ava Khodakhast

Immerse yourself in the world of exquisite dental artistry crafted by Dr. Ava Khodakhast, a distinguished prosthodontist whose journey is a testament to the fusion of science and art in dentistry. With an unwavering commitment to elevating lives through her specialized expertise, Dr. Khodakhast has redefined the landscape of prosthodontics, captivating hearts with her transformative work.

Embarking on her odyssey in 2000 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Khodakhast's passion for her craft led her to traverse continents for knowledge. She pursued her American DDS at the esteemed University of Missouri, Kansas City, setting the foundation for a remarkable career. Yet, her thirst for mastery pushed her to delve deeper. Venturing into the realm of complexity, she dedicated three intensive years at the Medical College of Georgia, earning a master's in Oral Biology and seamlessly entwining it with a Residency in Prosthodontics.

Prosthodontics is the symphony of precision and creativity, where every note is a smile transformed. Dr. Khodakhast is a virtuoso in this art, specializing in intricate cosmetic makeovers, implant procedures, and comprehensive mouth rehabilitation. Recognized as a "Diplomate" by the American Board of Prosthodontics and as a "Fellow" by the American College of Prosthodontists, she soars among the select few who define excellence in this arena. Her certification as a prosthodontist is a testament to her rigorous education and training, making her a beacon of expertise for dental and maxillofacial reconstruction and rehabilitation. Dentists themselves entrust their patients to her care, a testament to her unparalleled mastery.

A luminary in academia, Dr. Khodakhast served as the assistant director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She also worked in private practice at UMKC, applying the techniques and skills she taught in complicated, aesthetic case settings. During her junior year of college, she graced India with her charitable work, a touch of humanity that infuses her artistry with compassion.

Emanating from the core of her being is a dedication to her patient's well-being. You can rely on her to provide unparalleled care rooted in scientific precision and artistic commitment.

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