If you have developed a cavity, chances are that your dentist will recommend a filling because they are a fast, effective restoration. However, the type of filling can vary depending on the dentist. If you are concerned about the type of material used in your filling, you are in good hands at the office of Dr. Anjum A. Ansari, DMD, in Boston, MA.
At our office, we make sure to use only the safest, most durable materials in all our restorations. Because of this, we often recommend composite resin or porcelain fillings. Both materials can be color-matched to the tooth for a strong restoration that also blends in seamlessly so no one will know you had a filling.
The benefits of tooth colored fillings
One of the biggest benefits of using white tooth fillings made from composite resin is that the shade of the filling matches closely with the color of the tooth and therefore is not visible in the smile. Other benefits include:
- Composite resin fillings are placed directly into the cavity to bond directly to the teeth and give them more support.
- Composite resin fillings typically require less of the tooth to be removed, making them more conservative than amalgam fillings.
- Composite resin can also be used to fix broken or chipped teeth.
The dental fillings process
If you are having a direct filling placed, it will require only one visit at our office. We will start by numbing the area to ensure your comfort during the treatment. Next, we will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and clean the area to eliminate any remaining bacteria. Then, we will apply the composite material directly to the tooth in layer, using a curing light after each layer to harden the material. Finally, we will shape the filling and double check the bite before you are free to leave.
It is important that patients know it’s normal to feel sensitivity to heat or cold after a filling, however that should resolve quickly. If sensitivity persists, contact us as we may need to adjust the filling.
If you have a cavity, it’s important that your tooth is restored quickly to prevent further damage. Tooth colored fillings are an effective way to repair the damage without compromising the appearance of the smile. If you are in the Boston, MA area and would like to book an appointment, call us at (617) 581-0689.