For many years, the only option for addressing tooth decay and preventing infection involved placing a metal filling. While effective, these restorations had a number of drawbacks. Fortunately, we offer our Brighton, MA, patients an alternative, one that looks natural and is safe for patients of all ages. What benefits will our metal-free fillings provide?
Does Your Tooth Hurt?
How do you know if you need to have a tooth restored? For many, the first signs of a cavity involve sudden tooth sensitivity, such as discomfort when eating or consuming cold or hot food and drinks. You may also experience a serious ache that doesn’t subside, and in fact could grow worse with time. Don’t ignore pain in your tooth, as the pain could mean a cavity. However, we want to remind you that by attending routine checkups and cleanings, we have the chance to identify decay long before you suffer from aches and sensitivity.
Placing Your Filling
If you have a cavity, then we will usually place a dental filling. The process involves first removing any decay from your teeth and then thoroughly cleaning the tooth itself. We next prepare the composite resin we use to create the fillings and place the material onto the tooth. We will shape the tooth as we cure the restoration under a light. The last step involves polishing the tooth for a more natural appearance. In one visit, we repair your decayed tooth and help prevent the complications of untreated cavities, such as infection or abscess.
Composite resin is not only metal free, but we can shade the material to match your surrounding tooth structure. Patients then enjoy a filling that looks natural and blends with the smile. We also employ this material in our dental bonding procedures, in which we repair chipped teeth, reshape malformed teeth, mask teeth stains, and help address gaps between the teeth, all in a single visit.
Protecting Your Smile From Future Cavities
After we treat your tooth decay with a metal-free filling, you can make changes to your daily habits to reduce the risk of future cavities. For example, simply cutting back on sugary foods and drinks helps protect your teeth from cavities. Brushing and flossing your teeth each day, and routine checkups and cleanings every six months, also aid in cavity-prevention. If you have any questions about identifying, treating, or preventing tooth decay, then contact our team today.
Ready for A Lifelike Restoration?
At Brighton Family Dental Group, our team will treat your tooth decay in just one visit. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.