When you have a cavity, this could mean toothache and over time, an increased risk of an infection. However, we can treat cavities to protect and preserve your tooth! Instead of metal, your Brighton, MA, dentists will place a composite resin version, one that blends with the tooth and is safe for people of all ages!
Composite vs. Metal
Metal is effective, but it could be problematic for people with metal allergies, or for young children, pregnant women, and the elderly. They could also change shape with time, expanding and contracting until portions of the inner tooth structure are once again exposed to bacteria. However! We can provide a composite resin alternative. A blend of glass and acrylic-like particles that doesn’t contain any metal, this is safe for all ages and is designed to stay in place for decades to come. The restoration can also be shaded to blend with your smile, offering a lifelike appearance too!
Creating and Placing Your Filling
When we discover you have tooth decay, we will first offer a local numbing agent to help ensure you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, we need to remove any and all decay, and then clean the surfaces of the tooth. The composite resin is then added in several layers, and the tooth is shaped as the material cures under a special light. The last step involves polishing the tooth of a more natural and bright appearance. The entire procedure takes only one visit, so you leave with a healthier smile, and no more sensitive or aching tooth!
When You Need Treatment
How do you know when you need treatment? The most common warning sign is persistent tooth sensitivity and toothaches, in which pain continues unabated for more than a day. Treatment is crucial to prevent an infection, which causes even greater pain and could mean a lost tooth eventually. If you attend checkups and cleanings every six months, then our team will be able to identify decay in the eeriest stages of demineralization, before you even experience discomfort. You can lower your chances of decay with a six-month checkup and cleaning visit, better brushing and flossing habits, and of course, a healthier diet with less sugar and starch.
If you have any questions about how to prevent a cavity or about treating one with a lifelike dental filling, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help your smile stay strong and look great!
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
We want to help you avoid an infection by addressing tooth decay quickly. To learn more about treating cases of tooth decay, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, and all surrounding communities.