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By Dental Associates of Shelton
March 15, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental fillings  

One of the most common dental treatments—one you've probably heard about since your childhood years—is a cavity filling. A filling covers and protects the exposed tooth enamel after decay has been identified and removed from a tooth. This allows the previously infected tooth to get stronger and maintain its good health. Understand how a filling placed by your dentist at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, can make your smile healthy again.

What Is a Dental Filling?

A filling is a restorative dental treatment that uses a protective material (usually composite resin, porcelain, or glass ionomer) to replace lost enamel. When a cavity is treated, some of the enamel has to be removed to expose the decay. After treatment, the dental filling is added in layers to the outer surfaces of the teeth, matching the pits and fissures for a natural look. When filled, bad bacteria can't compromise the tooth again if you keep it healthy.

Types of Fillings

The default choice for fillings in the past was amalgam, which has a dark metallic look. It's durable and provides long-lasting protection from future decay. More recently, patients are choosing tooth-colored fillings because they preserve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth while also securing it from damage. They are made of composite resin, glass ionomer, or porcelain—all materials that your dentist can color-match with your tooth.

Making Your Smile Healthy

Without a filling, decay will continue to progress until it ultimately claims the tooth. It's best to get ahead of the problem to avoid expensive and more time-consuming treatments. With a protective filling, your tooth has a chance to get better and return to full health. You can chew your food with confidence again, instead of living in fear of dental discomfort. A filling will last between five to 15 years (possibly longer) if you brush often and have your teeth examined regularly by a dentist.

Keep Your Smile Intact

Without a filling, a dental cavity can progress to a more serious infection. Make sure to have your teeth checked by your dentist at Dental Associates of Shelton in Shelton, CT, to see if you need a filling. Call 203-924-4115 today for an appointment.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
July 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental fillings   fillings  

Find out how dental fillings restore a tooth after a cavity.

Finding out you have a cavity is never fun; however, it’s usually pretty simple to treat if you are coming in regularly for checkups. Our Shelton, CT, family dentists Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu can easily treat cavities and restore a tooth with the help of a dental filling.

We found a cavity. Now what?

The first thing that needs to happen is one of our Shelton, CT, family dentists will need to remove the decay, otherwise, it will continue to spread. This is why it’s important to treat a cavity as soon as possible. Since most people don’t even experience symptoms of a cavity, it’s imperative that everyone, from children to older adults, come in every six months for routine cleanings and checkups.

Now, the enamel of your tooth doesn’t have any nerves; however, a lot of cavities develop close to the nerves of the tooth. This is why we will need to thoroughly numb the area prior to treating it. This will ensure that you don’t feel a thing as we gently drill away the decay. Depending on the extent of the damage, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to remove the decay.

What does a dental filling do?

Now that we’ve removed the decay we can’t just leave visible holes in your teeth. Not only is this unsightly but it will leave the tooth in a weakened, vulnerable state. We definitely don’t want that! To rebuild the tooth after your treatment we will use a dental filling.

A dental filling is applied immediately after the cavity has been removed and while it can be made from different kinds of materials, we place tooth-colored dental fillings here at our Shelton, CT, practice that is made from a special composite resin. The resin itself can easily be sculpted and contoured to the tooth, acting a lot like putty. We will even match the color of the resin to the tooth before we apply it so it matches.

When using dental resin to fill the tooth we will apply the resin in layers, making sure to mold and shape it and then lastly bonding the resin to the tooth using a special light. With a final polish, your new tooth is fully restored and healthy again.

The family dentists at Dental Associates of Shelton want to make sure that every member of your family is getting the proper dental care they need to stay healthy here in Shelton, CT. If it’s time to schedule a routine cleaning for you or a loved one, give our office a call at (203) 924-4115.

By Dental Associates of Shelton
June 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental fillings  

Find out what situations warrant needing a dental filling and how they could protect your fillings

Most people know what a dental filling is, as they are one of the most common restorative dentistry services our Shelton, CT, dentists, Dr. Michael Caserta and Dr. Adrian Basu, offer. Of course, if you are about to get one, you may be wanting to learn more about dental fillings, what to expect if you need one and how long they will last.

Why are dental fillings necessary?

As you may already know, a dental filling is placed over a tooth to restore it after decay. Whether you made an emergency trip to see our Shelton general dentist because you started noticing a toothache, or we caught your decay during a routine cleaning, the good news is that we caught the problem while it’s easily treatable.

While decay is often the main reason to need a filling, it isn’t the only reason. If you have a small crack in a tooth, a filling may be all that’s needed to restore the tooth rather than placing a full dental crown over it. If you are an avid teeth grinder (a condition known as bruxism), placing a filling can help to restore a worn-down tooth to prevent issues such as tooth sensitivity.

How is a filling placed?

A filling can be placed in just one visit under local anesthesia, which will numb the area completely before we begin. Once the region is numb, we will use a drill to remove the decay from the tooth. Once removed, the next step is to rebuild the tooth. In most cases, you’ll receive a tooth-colored filling. This resin material will be matched to the shade of the tooth so that the restoration blends right in.

For composite, or tooth-colored fillings, we will apply the moldable material in thin layers. Once each layer is applied and shaped, we will harden it to the tooth with a dental laser. We will continue to apply one layer after the next until the tooth is completely restored. Once the filling is complete, we will polish it to give it a natural sheen that matches the rest of the tooth.

How long will a dental filling last?

This will really depend on a few things including the type of filling you have and how well you care for your teeth after your filling. A metal amalgam filling (while less attractive) can last up to 15 years. Tooth-colored fillings can still last around seven to 10 years before needing to be replaced. Even if composite resin fillings don’t boast the same longevity as a metal filling, they are still exceptionally strong.

Whether you have questions about dental fillings or you need to book your upcoming cleaning, Dental Associates of Shelton, CT, has you covered. Nothing is more important than your oral health. Call us for whatever your smile might need.