By Barbara Preussner, DMD
August 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how a dental filling provides both restorative and cosmetic benefits to your smile.

Dealing with a cavity? It happens to most people at some point during their lifetime. If you are dealing with this issue, our Holliston, MA, General-Big-Smiledentist Dr. Barbara Preussner, will need to place a dental filling in order to restore the tooth once the decay has been removed. So, how do dental fillings work and why are they necessary? Let’s find out!

 

What is a dental filling?

Once the decayed portions of enamel have been drilled away, we obviously can’t leave your tooth with noticeable holes. Not only is that unsightly but also over time this can weaken the tooth, leading to cracks and other issues. So, the best way to restore teeth that are dealing with minor-to-moderate decay is with a dental filling.

A filling is a special material that is designed to fill a cavity to restore a tooth. While fillings can be made from a variety of materials our Holliston, MA, general dentist uses tooth-colored material such as composite resin that will blend right in with the tooth once it’s placed.

 

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?

The most obvious benefit is that this type of filling is designed to blend right in with a tooth so you won’t even notice it. This is very different from the metal amalgam fillings you probably remember. Tooth-colored fillings are designed to mimic the look of real tooth enamel. The resin is even matched to the shade of the tooth before it’s applied.

Composite resin is also extremely durable and once the tooth-colored filling is placed this filling can almost fully restore the tooth back to its original strength and durability prior to the cavity. Plus, with the proper care a dental filling can last anywhere from 10-15 years (or more). The resin can also withstand chewing forces, making it comfortable and safe to bite down and eat all your favorite foods once the filling has been placed.

Dental decay is one of the most common chronic dental disorders. No matter whether you suspect that you might have a cavity or you need to schedule a six-month cleaning to make sure your teeth are healthy, call our Holliston, MA, dental practice today to schedule your next visit.

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