All About Fillings from Your Brighton Family Dentist

What makes up a filling?

These dental restorations can be made from a variety of materials. Amalgam used to be the traditional source for dental fillings. However, with recent scrutiny over the safety of the mercury used in amalgam, as well as concern for esthetic appeal, our dental office in Brighton can use composite resin fillings. The composite resin starts as a liquid, poured into the tooth after the infection is removed. This allows the filling to seep into small spaces, filling every gap and preventing further infection. Using a curing light, our Brighton family dentist, Dr. Villani, will harden the material, strengthening the filling.

What are the advantages to composite resin fillings?

Unlike dark amalgam, composite fillings are discrete. The hard plastic material can be color matched to your tooth so that the white filling is almost invisible. Only you and our Brighton dentist will know you have had dental work done. In addition, tooth-colored fillings offer optimal attachment, blocking off every possible entrance for further bacterial infection.

How do I know if I need a filling?

While toothache is a common sign of a cavity, not all tooth decay will present noticeable symptoms. Many patients do not even realize they have dental caries. The best way to know if you need a filling is with regular dental checkups. At an appointment at our Brighton family dental office, Dr. Villani will use advanced diagnostics to determine if you have a cavity. Using dental X-rays, we can see tooth decay beneath the surface that would otherwise be hidden to the naked eye.

Preventive Dentistry in Brighton

For protection against cavities, professional dental care is vital. If you have not seen the dentist in the past six months, call us today at 617-562-5210 for a dental checkupBrighton Family Dental Group proudly serves patients from Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Brighton, and the 02135 area.

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