Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, are created when bacteria attacks tooth enamel. In the past, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of metals, including silver or mercury. Now we know that amalgam fillings do not adhere well to the teeth, and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health. At Wollaston Dental Group in Quincy, MA, general dentist Dr. James McDonough uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities (tooth decay) and restore broken or damaged teeth. Dr. McDonough can also take out metal fillings and apply tooth-colored fillings for a safer, more attractive treatment of tooth decay.
Composite fillings are used to fill in a tooth after decay or damaged tooth structure has been removed. Tooth-colored composite resin is a useful material that can be used to treat other issues with your teeth, such as cracks or wear on the enamel by teeth grinding (bruxism). Composite is also fluoride-releasing, which helps to minimize the risk of further decay. Since the composite resin is tinted to match your enamel, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a seamless and natural appearance. If you have metal fillings, talk to Dr. McDonough about having them taken out and replaced with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a tooth-colored filling at Wollaston Dental Group is generally an easy process. The area surrounding the cavity will be numbed to minimize any discomfort. Nitrous oxide sedation may also be used to quell any fears or dental anxieties and keep you relaxed during the procedure. Once you are prepared, the infected or damaged enamel will be removed using a special technique. After the tooth is treated and the area is cleaned, the cavity will be filled with the composite resin and cured (hardened) with a special dental light. Dr. McDonough will polish the filling material so it feels comfortable and blends beautifully with your other teeth.
You should be able to return to your day once your filling is complete, but you might have some slight sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages for a few days. Nonprescription pain relief medication can be taken to address discomfort; however, you should not experience any major issues. If your filling feels too high or uneven, please contact our office so that we can get you in for an adjustment. Tooth-colored fillings are cared for just like natural teeth, following a normal home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. At your annual exam, Dr. McDonough will check your filling to determine if it should be repaired or replaced at any point.
Composite resin fillings are a common treatment for dental cavities that are often covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will contact your dental insurance company to determine your exact coverage and calculate any personal cost. If you do not carry insurance, talk with our friendly team at Wollaston Dental Group about your convenient payment choices. We are also happy to provide information on special patient financing through CareCredit® to help you get the care you need without worry.
Cavities may start as a small concern, but it is crucial to have them addressed before they become a larger dental problem. At Wollaston Dental Group in Quincy, MA, tooth decay and other forms of damage can often be addressed with composite resin fillings. Dr. McDonough uses an expert technique to match composite fillings to the shade of your natural teeth so that you may enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile. If you suspect you or a family member has a cavity, contact our office today to make an exam with Dr. McDonough.