Although we encourage people to keep their smiles as healthy as possible, it is still common to experience structural damage to the teeth. In these cases, Sharon Dental Group in Sharon, MA uses restorative procedures like dental fillings to repair the damage and keep your teeth going strong.
A dental filling is a hard substance inserted in a tooth to repair a cavity or similar damage. A cavity is a hole created in the enamel of a tooth by a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque is left behind on the teeth while eating and drinking. It eats through enamel and exposes the sensitive interior soft pulp. When left unfilled, cavities can lead to dental infections and even permanent tooth loss.
A filling can be made from a broad range of materials. At Sharon Dental Group, we utilize several different options so our patients can choose the kind that will work best for them. Some of the current choices include amalgam (silver), composite resin, and porcelain.
Amalgam is more traditional. The silver is quite noticeable when placed in the tooth but highly durable, lasting up to 20 years before replacement is necessary.
Composite resin and porcelain are inexpensive and match the color of the teeth. They need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years but form a tight seal.
Fillings are reserved for patients who have cavities or another form of structural damage in their teeth. If too much of the enamel is missing or destroyed, then a filling cannot be placed. Patients instead might receive a crown or even a synthetic tooth.
Individuals in or around Sharon, MA can visit Sharon Dental Group to receive a new filling, treat a cavity, or even replace an old one that is no longer protective. We request that you schedule an appointment and explain to the staff what you need when you schedule so we can have the proper materials ready.