Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria attacks your enamel on your teeth. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a combination of metals like mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't adhere very well with the enamel and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health. At East Haddam Dental Associates in Moodus, CT, our talented team of dentists uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. We can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and attractive cavity treatment.
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings usually cover the decayed area in the tooth once it is treated. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to address other issues with your teeth, such as chips or excessive wear by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great finish. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to us about getting them taken out and re-done with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a tooth-colored filling at East Haddam Dental Associates is usually a simple procedure. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any fears or anxieties to keep you relaxed. After you're ready, the infected enamel can be cleared away using a dental drill that our dentists will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is treated and the area is disinfected, the area will be replaced with the composite resin and set. We will then smooth the filling material so it matches your other teeth.
You will be able to return to your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages for 1 – 3 days. You can use nonprescription pain medication to treat discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems high or uneven, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine including daily flossing and brushing. At your annual exam, we will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that is typically covered partially by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your bill. If you don't have dental insurance, we will discuss the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.
Cavities may begin as a normal problem, but it is crucial to have them fixed before they develop into a big issue. At East Haddam Dental Associates in Moodus, CT, tooth decay and cavities may be corrected with composite resin fillings. Our team makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a healthy, attractive smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to schedule an exam.