A Step-by-Step Look at How Dental Fillings Are Placed
Following treatment for tooth decay, your tooth will be restored using one or more dental fillings. The treatment replaces lost tooth structure using composite resin or metal amalgam.
Dental fillings can be placed at our Boston, MA, dental practice through a process that often takes under an hour to complete. Once your fillings are set, you can enjoy restored oral health and a stronger, healthier tooth. Some of our patients seek composite resin fillings as a replacement for metal amalgam. Composite resin can be shade-matched to blend in with your natural teeth. The team at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group takes time to ensure patients understand the dental filling process, from start to finish.
What Are My Fillings Options?
Our dental practice offers composite resin and metal fillings. Composite resin fillings are ideal for minor tooth repair, especially when the treatment area is visible. The resin can be color-matched to blend in perfectly with your smile.
Metal amalgam fillings are incredibly strong. If you undergo extensive treatment for tooth decay, metal fillings may be recommended. Amalgam fillings are especially useful for restoring molars because the metal can withstand the pressures of chewing without wearing down.
How Are Dental Fillings Placed?
Following your restorative treatment, one of our doctors will immediately begin restoring your tooth using dental fillings. If you wish to replace metal fillings with composite resin, your metal amalgam fillings will be carefully broken into smaller pieces and removed.
Prepping Your Tooth
Before the dental fillings can be placed, your tooth will be thoroughly cleaned. Once your tooth is clean and sterile, a special etching compound will be used to prep your tooth. Etching opens natural pores on the surface of your tooth that allow the fillings to achieve a strong bond with your tooth. Once your tooth is prepared, one of our doctors can place your fillings.
Preparing Your Fillings
If you are having composite resin fillings placed, your doctor will choose the appropriate color resin that matches your teeth. The putty-like material will then be artfully molded over the treatment site.
Metal amalgam requires a mixture of powdered metals and small amount of liquid mercury. The softened amalgam putty is then also placed over the treatment site.
Both composite resin and metal amalgam will be carefully sculpted over your tooth in order to match the natural contours of your bite.
Hardening the Fillings in Place
Metal amalgam fillings naturally harden soon after being placed. Composite resin is cured using a special blue light that quickly hardens the composite resin material. Once the material hardens, one of our doctors will check your fillings to ensure that the material does not interfere with your bite. Minor adjustments can be made at that time.
There is no recovery time associated with this treatment, and side effects are very rare. Some patients may experience mild sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks in the days following dental fillings placement.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
A minor toothache could be a sign that you have a cavity or loose filling. Dental fillings offer an affordable and convenient treatment that can improve your comfort and oral health. To schedule your visit to Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, please contact our office online or call (617) 523-5451.