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What are Dental Fillings?

Dental Fillings Weston MA

Diet, harmful habits, and lack of appropriate dental care are the principal reasons for dental cavities. For example, eating too many sweets and not brushing thoroughly can lead to cavities. Left untreated, severe decay occurs which can lead to infection and tooth loss. Some patients may not be aware of a cavity as it does not always cause pain or sensitivity. For this reason, routine dental exams are important. If detected, cavities need to be treated with dental fillings. Learn more below and contact us today. 

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What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings seal a cavity to prevent decay and infection. In brief, this treatment is a dental restoration method aimed to save the tooth. A tooth can lose its structural integrity from dental caries or significant external trauma. Overall, dental fillings restore the affected tooth, promote dental hygiene, and maintain oral health.

Types of dental fillings

Dental fillings are made of different materials that vary in color and strength. They include:

  • Amalgam fillings- they are the oldest type of dental fillings available, in use for over a century now. This material includes a combination of metallic elements and is easily noticeable when installed. Amalgam fillings are strong, making them ideal for tooth cavities in the molars. Comparatively to the other fillers, amalgams are the most affordable.
  • Metal fillings- the most common are gold and silver, desirable to their unique appearance and durability.
  • Composite fillings- features a combination of quartz or glass filler, made to match the teeth’s natural color. Composite fillings are durable and preferred for small to mid-size teeth restoration.
  • Ceramic fillings- they are made from porcelain, matching the natural color of the teeth.

What is the procedure of a dental filling?

In general, the procedure can take about an hour. The process involves the routine dental check and assessment by the dentist. If necessary, the dentist may request a dental x-ray. The doctor then explains the procedure to the patient after which the doctor numbs the affected tooth, gums, and surrounding tissue. Next, the decay is removed and the tooth is filled with the preferred material. Finally, a follow-up visit is then scheduled to re-examine the tooth and dental filling.

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Taking care of the dental fillings

Tooth sensitivity is normal and expected after the dental filling procedure. It eventually fades away within a day or two. Routine dental hygiene and care should be maintained, preferably use dental products designed for sensitive teeth. In addition, be sure to maintain any future dental appointments to further protect your restored tooth.

Learn More

Maintaining a healthy smile begins with a dental exam. These routine check-ups detect issues such as cavities early on. Learn more about dental restorations, including dental fillings, by scheduling a consultation today. Call (781) 894-0347 or schedule an appointment online. Patients may also visit us at 56 Colpitts Road Suite 4-6 Weston, MA 02493.

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