Long gone are the days when metal fillings were the only option to fill cavities following treatment. Today, tooth-colored fillings can be used to restore teeth. Dental fillings can be blended to perfectly match your natural tooth color. If you have dental decay, our doctors in Peabody, MA, will artfully place fillings over your tooth following cavity removal. Our office also offers dental fillings as a means of replacing metal (amalgam) fillings. If you are looking for a trusted dentist to restore your smile, Navid Family Dental & Associates has served the Peabody community since 1982. Our doctors will always ensure you are informed on the details of your oral health allowing you to make the best possible decisions about your dental care.
Benefits of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings have both restorative and cosmetic benefits. A resin material is used to restore teeth following the removal of a cavity. Dental fillings can also be used to enhance the appearance of teeth by replacing old amalgam fillings. Patients who use tooth-colored fillings can also benefit from:
- Preservation and protection of natural teeth following cavity treatment
- Lower risk for future cavities
- A brighter smile
- Natural-looking results
- Prevention of further dental decay
- Long-lasting results (several years or longer)
- Enhanced structural support of natural teeth
- Better bite balance
- Reduced risk for temperature sensitivity
Am I a Candidate for Dental Fillings?
The majority of patients who seek the restorative and cosmetic benefits of dental fillings are candidates for the straightforward procedure. Individuals with mild to moderate levels of tooth decay can use dental fillings to restore the structure of their teeth. Advanced levels of decay may require an alternative treatment such as a dental crown. During your appointment at our Peabody office, one of our doctors will examine your teeth before recommending dental fillings or other treatment option.
Candidates for dental fillings often have:
- Mild or moderate levels of dental decay
- Amalgam fillings that need to be replaced
How Are Dental Fillings Placed?
Most patients opt for tooth-colored composite fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are metal-free and more natural looking than older amalgam alternatives. There are two steps involved in placing dental fillings. First, the tooth must be prepped. This step may involve removing metal fillings, removing cavities, or cleaning areas of decay. One of our doctors will ensure that the portion of the tooth that will receive the dental filling is completely clean and sterile.
Dental fillings have both restorative and cosmetic benefits, and the treatment is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures.
Once the surface is clean, the dentist will fill the space with tooth-colored filling. A special light will be used to speed the hardening process. After the resin has hardened, any excess filling material will be smoothed out. The final step involves testing your bite to ensure that it is comfortable. The entire process can be completed in well under one hour.
Contact Our Peabody Dental Office
Dental fillings are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. They are inexpensive when compared to other restorative treatments. If you have concerns over the affordability of this or another treatment at Navid Family Dental & Associates, we accept LendingClub® financing. We also offer in-house financing plans to help patients afford treatment. To schedule your appointment, contact our office online or call (978) 705-6898.