Cavities, or tooth decay, are permanently damaged areas of your teeth that are treated with dental fillings. At Barry J. Cunha, DDS in Lexington, MA, we advise our patients on the importance of seeing us for regular visits to prevent cavities.
During these regular visits/cleanings, we check for cavities and treat them before they grow. Dental cavities that are small to moderate in size can be treated with composite fillings. Larger cavities, however, might require other forms of treatment like inlays and crowns. Patients looking for composite fillings in Lexington, MA can visit us so we can assess their teeth and provide the right treatment.
Composite fillings are made of composite resin. This is a material that dentists love because it has several applications. Composite resin can be used in fillings, dental sealants, and dental bonding. Composite fillings have several advantages. The major advantage is that they’re white so they blend in with the rest of the patient’s natural teeth. Because they are white, people who see you won’t recognize the fillings.
Composite fillings are also less expensive when compared to porcelain, ceramic, and metal fillings. Before placing the filling, we roughen the tooth using a certain type of gel. Next, we place the filling and harden it with ultraviolet light to make it stick to the tooth.
At Barry J. Cunha, DDS, we inject local anesthesia before we begin work to keep you comfortable. Getting a filling only takes a few minutes and you will go home with no restrictions.
Other types of dental fillings include metal, porcelain, and ceramic. Metal fillings can be made of gold or silver. They last longer than other types of fillings but aren’t very cosmetic. We usually only use metal fillings for hind teeth so, they don’t show when the patient smiles.
Patients can also get ceramic and porcelain fillings, which are white just like composite fillings.