If you notice a toothache that doesn’t seem to go away, then you may have a cavity that needs treatment! However, instead of an unsightly metal filling, we provide a durable and metal-free alternative with composite resin. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists look at the benefits of treating tooth decay with a filling that can be tinted to match your smile.
Composite vs. Metal
Metal fillings are very effective, but they often contain trace amounts of mercy, making them unsafe for young children, the elderly, and pregnant women. In addition, as the metal expands and contracts over time, this could expose inner portions of the tooth and make decay more likely to develop again. Of course, they also stand out against the rest of your tooth. Fortunately, composite resin is metal-free, so no trace amounts of mercury, and we also tint this material to blend with your tooth. They last for years to come, and are safe for everyone! We also use this material in dental bonding procedures to repair issues like chipped or cracked teeth.
When to Seek Treatment
If you attend your routine checkup and cleaning visits, then we will likely identify cavities in the earliest possible stages. We then treat the problem before you experience uncomfortable symptoms. Otherwise, you likely won’t know you need treatment until your tooth begins to feel sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks, or begins to ache. Over time, the discomfort will grow more severe as the tooth comes closer to developing an infection. If you have persistent pain in one or more of your teeth, always let us know so we can perform an exam and see what treatment you need to restore comfort and health to your smile.
Placing Your Lifelike Dental Filling
First, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you feel comfortable. Next, we remove all decay from the tooth. We prepare the composite resin and apply it in several layers. Next, we shape and sculpt the tooth as we cure the composite resin under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more attractive appearance. The entire process only takes one visit to complete, so you leave with a healthier smile, and a restoration that looks natural. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay, then let us know right away!
Do You Have Questions About Dental Fillings?
Our team is ready to help patients with cavities obtain strong and healthy smiles again, and avoid further toothaches or sensitivity. To learn more about treating cavities, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Cambridge, Brookline, and all surrounding communities.