Tooth-Colored Fillings in Boston, MA

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What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Most people have dental cavities at some point in their life. Cavities are a common problem that is created when bacteria erode dental enamel and can become a more serious problem if not addressed. In the past, cavities were filled with amalgam, a mixture of metals, such as silver or mercury. Today, we know that these fillings don't fuse fully with the teeth, and even more, the mercury may be hazardous to your overall health. At Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, we use tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. We can also remove metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and better-looking treatment for cavities.

Do I Need Fillings?

Fillings often cover the area of a tooth that has been decayed after it has been treated by one of our fine dentists. Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to treat other issues with your teeth, including chips or wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the composite resin is tinted to match your natural teeth, fillings can be used on the back and front teeth for a seamless finish. If you have amalgam fillings, we can talk about having them taken out and replaced with composite resin.

Tooth-Colored Filling Treatment

Getting a filling at Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, is generally a simple process. The treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to help you feel more comfortable — in the event you have dental fears and anxieties, other sedation methods may be discussed to help keep you relaxed. Once you are ready, the affected enamel will be treated with a state-of-the-art dental drill. After the enamel is treated and the area cleaned, the composite resin material will be inserted and set. Lastly, we will polish the filling material so it matches your natural teeth.

Following Your Tooth-Colored Filling

Following your filling procedure, you will be able to resume your normal day, but you might have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days. Nonprescription pain medicine can help minimize discomfort or inflammation; however, you shouldn't have any serious problems. If after a few days the filling feels too high or uneven, please contact us. Keep your filling clean by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. During your annual dental exam, we will assess your filling and determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired at any point.

Insurance Coverage for Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for cavities that are usually covered by insurance, at least in part. Someone from our team will talk to your dental insurance company to determine your exact coverage so we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have insurance, ask us about the different payments we accept at your appointment, as well as information on medical financing.

A Seamless Smile

Cavities may seem like no big deal since they are a common problem, but it is crucial to have them fixed before they become a bigger problem. At Downtown Dental Partners – Boston, MA, cavities can be treated with tooth-colored fillings. We match the shade of your natural teeth so you get a seamless, healthy, natural-looking smile. If you suspect you or a family member have tooth decay, contact our office to schedule a dental examination with one of our wonderful dentists.

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