How Does A Filling Look Like My Tooth?

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When you have a cavity, then your Bedford, MA, dentist will likely prescribe a filling. However, that doesn’t mean relying on a metal restoration. Instead, we have a filling that looks like natural tooth structure! In today’s blog, we’re going to explain how we create and place a lifelike solution to tooth decay!

The Benefits of Composite Resin

The material we use is metal-free, which means it’s safe for people with metal allergies, as well as young children, the elderly, and pregnant women. Composite resin blends glass and acrylic, providing a durable and tough material that can be tinted to blend with the rest of your smile, matching the color of your tooth. In fact, we often use the same material in our dental bonding procedure to repair minor chips, mask teeth stains, and help correct issues with the shape of your tooth, all in one visit!

Placement

We start your visit by carefully examining your smile with advanced digital technology. We want to diagnose the presence of decay, and assess the severity of the cavity. From there, we can plan your treatment. If you need a filling, we will administer a numbing agent to ensure you remain calm and comfortable throughout the process. We remove the decay and then thoroughly clean the tooth, possibly etching the surface too. Next, we prepare and place the composite resin in several layers. Next, we shape the tooth as the material cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The whole process takes only one visit, and helps restore the health and beauty of your smile!

Warning Signs of Tooth Decay and Prevention

How do you know when you have a cavity? If you attend our routine checkup and cleaning appointments, then we will diagnose the presence of decay in the earliest stages. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until you experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches, which means the decay is in the later stages and threatens to become an infection or abscess! To prevent cavities, be sure you brush and floss daily, and make sure you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Consuming fewer sugary foods and drinks help too, as does attending your six-month checkup and cleaning visits. If you have any questions about treating a cavity, or about preventing the onset of cavities, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?

Our team understands that an untreated cavity means disaster for your tooth, so we have a lifelike solution. To learn more about how we treat cavities, or about any of our other restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.