When most people go for their routine dental exam and cleaning, they are hoping that they won’t hear the word “cavity.” However, a number of patients hear exactly that. The truth is that cavities are a fairly common occurrence. But rest assured that a cavity does not mean the end of the world for your oral health. There are a number of restorative dentistry treatments to strengthen damaged teeth so that patients can continue to enjoy a strong, healthy smile. In fact, our experienced dental team offers treatment for cavities at Boston Prosthodontics that can simply and effectively fill in dental cavities to strengthen and protect a tooth that has been compromised by decay.
The most common treatment for cavities is a dental filling. To put it simply, a dental filling fills in the hole that is left by tooth decay and seals off the tooth so that bacteria, plaque, and tartar cannot work their way to the center of the tooth. We offer patients a choice of two types of dental fillings: tooth-colored and metal.
- Tooth-colored fillings: Tooth-colored fillings can be custom-matched to the color of the natural teeth. These restorations do not compromise the appearance of the smile and bond with the tooth in order to strengthen the smile.
- Metal fillings: Metal fillings are silver in color, so they do stand out against the natural teeth. However, metal fillings have proven safe and effective in treating dental cavities, and are extremely durable. If a cavity is on a back tooth, or one that is not easily visible, a metal filling may be a great treatment option.
Whether a tooth-colored filling or metal filling will be used to restore a tooth that has suffered a dental cavity, the procedure will be the same. To start, the affected tooth will need to be cleaned so that any damaged tooth enamel, as well as any bacteria, plaque, or tartar can be removed. Once this is done, the filling material (either composite resin or silver amalgam) will be layered onto the tooth in order to restore tooth structure. This material is then left to harden on the tooth. Once this is complete, the tooth will be filed and polished so that the filling fits the natural shape of the tooth and fits in comfortably with the patient’s bite. Cavity treatment is a quick procedure that is virtually pain-free for our patients.
Most patients who have a dental cavity will receive a dental filling. However, we do offer alternate forms of restorative dentistry treatment for those patients who have experienced more severe decay. For larger cavities that have extended to the biting surface of the tooth, we may offer an inlay or onlay. If decay or damage is even more severe, patients will likely require a dental crown. These treatments can restore and protect a tooth so that further complications do not occur.
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At Boston Prosthodontics, our dentists are dedicated to helping patients maintain the health, strength, and beauty of their smile. To learn more about our comprehensive range of dental services, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!