What Is A Composite Dental Filling?

In the past, having a cavity meant receiving a metal restoration. Now, we can offer patients a natural looking alternative. What is a composite dental filling and how do they differ from the metal ones? What does placement involve?

Frequently Asked Questions About Composite Dental Fillings

Question: How do you place one?
Answer: The placement process begins with the removal of any decay and the thorough cleaning of the tooth. Next, we apply the composite resin material to the tooth. As the material cures under a light, we can shape the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth. The entire procedure only takes one visit and can prevent the decay from growing worse and harming your tooth further.

Question: Do they look natural?
Answer: Yes! First, we can color-match the composite resin to ensure it blends with your smile. Also, polishing the tooth afterward gives the treated area a more natural appearance. We don’t want anyone to be able to tell you have a restoration on your tooth.

Question: What happens if a cavity remains untreated?
Answer: Without treatment, a cavity will continue to grow. Eventually, bacteria can come into contact with your tooth’s nerve center: the bundle of living tissue we call the pulp. At this point, an infection can form. Without a timely root canal, the infection can cause the tooth to die and require extraction to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth.

Question: How do I avoid further cavities?
Answer: Be sure you cut back on sugary foods and drinks. Also, brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night. Finally, be sure you schedule a thorough professional dental cleaning every six months. These steps can help limit your risk of developing tooth decay.

Do You Need a Filling?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, we can treat cavities with a lifelike and durable restorative option. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.

 

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