Dental Fillings Worcester MAAlmost everyone has had a cavity at some point in their life. Cavities are damage to teeth caused by decay. Poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, and certain medical conditions can make a person more prone to tooth decay. You may not know you have a cavity until your dentist discovers it during an exam. When a tooth has developed decay, the dentist can remove the decay and fill the space with material to prevent further decay. A filling restores the tooth’s shape and function. A filling makes a tooth as good as new. You can eat normally, and if you choose a tooth-colored filling material, nobody will even notice. In short, there are many types of dental fillings to choose from. The best one varies for each person, depending on any allergies, your budget and the extent of the repair. Dr. Monica Gobran can help you make the right choice. Contact her office today.
Types of Dental Fillings
- Composite. These fillings are made of plastic and are the same color as your natural teeth, so they are preferred by many people. Composite fillings are prone to chipping, so they are best used for smaller cavities. They also stain easily and last 3-10 years.
- Porcelain. Porcelain fillings are also created in a lab. They are bonded to the tooth and match the color. Porcelain fillings are highly resistant to stains. In addition, they are similar to gold fillings in terms of cost.
The ProcessPlacing a filling into a cavity requires several steps. First, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic to alleviate pain. Using a drill, the dentist will remove the decay. She will then prepare the space for the filling. Next, the dentist will apply the material of your choice. For certain fillings, the dentist will apply the resin and use a bright light to harden it. Once the filling has been placed, the final step is to polish the tooth. If the decay is extensive, root canal therapy or pulp capping may be required. Overall, the dentist will choose the right treatment to fit your needs.
Contact Us Today
If you have suffered an oral injury or have developed a cavity, you can restore the function of the tooth with a filling. Our friendly dentist can advise you as to whether or not you need a filling and what type of filling is best for you. Contact the office of Dr. Monica Gobran today to schedule a consultation. Call (508) 753-3200 or fill out the online form. We look forward to hearing from you!