Family dentists treat cavities by removing decayed portion of the tooth then filling the once decayed area. Fillings also repair cracked, broken teeth and worn down teeth. Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, provide patients with fillings to protect teeth.
More About Tooth-colored Fillings
About 78% of people have had at least one cavity by age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Dental fillings seal a small hole in your tooth caused by cavity and decay. Fillings prevent bacteria-induced infection from spreading further into teeth and gums.
What does the procedure consist of?
- Your Shelton family dentist first examines teeth/tooth using x-rays to determine the extent of the decay.
- Your tooth will be anesthetized so you won't feel any discomfort.
- The family dentist then removes the decayed area of the tooth.
- The remaining tooth structure is roughened with a mildl acidic solution, then translucent cement is applied to bond the tooth and the filling material together.
- A special light hardens each layer applied.
- The dentist shapes composite material, removes excess material and polish the final restoration.
Advantages of Tooth-colored Composites
- Tooth-colored fillings match the color of existing teeth.
- They are perfect for visible parts of teeth.
- Composite fillings provide further structural support.
- It restores and repairs chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
Other Filling Types
In addition to tooth-colored, there is also ceramics and glass ionomer composite resin fillings:
- Ceramics are made of porcelain and are resistant to staining.
- Glass ionomer is made of acrylic and a specific type of glass material that eliminates secondary leakage.
Need a consultation?
If you would like to speak with a family dentist, then contact Drs. Michael Caserta and Adrian Basu of Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, at (203) 924-4115 today!