When your tooth aches or feels sensitive, this could be more than just a winter chill. You may have a cavity, and treatment is crucial for preventing a cavity from becoming an infection or abscess. In order to treat smiles in Bedford, MA, your dentist may suggest more than a simple metal filling. In fact, we can offer an alternative that looks natural and contains no metals at all!
Composite resin is a metal-free blend of both acrylic and glass. This material contains no metal, which means they’re safe for children and people of all ages. No concerns for people with metal allergies either! The material can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth, and provides a durable restoration that can stay in place for many years to come, protecting your tooth from worsening decay or infection. Placement only takes one sitting, and your smile will look completely natural afterward.
Signs of Trouble
When should you seek treatment for a cavity? Well, the warning signs often include persistent tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, and toothaches that don’t subside over time. If you have worsening aches and sensitivity, then let us know. We will examine your tooth and if we discover a cavity, we can recommend treatment. If you attend regular checkup and cleaning visits every six months, then we can often uncover cavities in the earliest possible stages, usually before you even experience discomfort! Remember, to lower your risk of cavities be sure to brush and floss daily, have your teeth cleaned every six months, and also, cut back on sugary foods and drinks.
Placing Your Filling
The process begins with the dentist administering a local anesthetic around the tooth undergoing treatment, which ensures your comfort throughout the proceedings. Next, we remove the decay from the tooth and then thoroughly clean it. We prepare the composite resin and then apply the material to the tooth. As the material ensures under a light, the dentist can sculpt and mold your tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth for a smoother finish and brighter appearance. The same material can also be used to repair minor damage or mask teeth stains in a bonding procedure. If you have any questions about avoiding tooth decay or if you have a cavity in need of treatment, then contact our team today. Don’t let your minor cavity become a serious infection.
Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?
We can halt your tooth decay and return your smile to optimal health and function with a metal-free and lifelike dental filling. To learn more about our approach to general dentistry and restorative treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.