What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Most people have dental cavities at some point in their life. Cavities are a common problem that is created when bacteria erode dental enamel and can become a more serious problem if not addressed. In the past, cavities were filled with amalgam, a mixture of metals, such as silver or mercury. Today, we know that these fillings don't fuse fully with the teeth, and even more, the mercury may be hazardous to your overall health. At Downtown Boston Dental in Boston, MA, we use tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. We can also remove metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and better-looking treatment for cavities.
"This office is simply the best. They are completely professional and respectful of their patients’ time (appointments are always punctual). I also really appreciate the nonjudgmental and conservative approach to dentistry - I have never felt upsold on any additional product or service. I feel very taken care of and have recommended multiple friends to this office. Thanks y’all! Keep it up!"- H.E. / Google / Jul 15, 2021
"I have had many fillings and cleanings here. The service is always very good. The staff are on top of insurance checks/issues. They are great at confirming/rescheduling. Dr. Canesi and his techs are very gentle and patient. The fillings are done well - no issues over the past 10 years. I would highly recommend this office for people who fear going to the dentist or have special requests. Update: I’ve now been coming here for about 15 years, and I still think this is the best dental practice I have ever been to. Every provider is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and talented. They are sensitive and caring. This includes the excellent administrative staff."- K.J. / Google / Jul 07, 2021
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"I’ve been going for about four years and I cannot recommend this dentist enough! Everyone is professional and helpful. Super straightforward. I recommend all of my friends/coworkers go here!"- T.C. / Yelp / Mar 09, 2021
Do I Need Fillings?
Fillings often cover the area of a tooth that has been decayed after it has been treated by one of our fine dentists. Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to treat other issues with your teeth, including chips or wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the composite resin is tinted to match your natural teeth, fillings can be used on the back and front teeth for a seamless finish. If you have amalgam fillings, we can talk about having them taken out and replaced with composite resin.
Tooth-Colored Filling Treatment
Getting a filling at Downtown Boston Dental is generally a simple process. The treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to help you feel more comfortable — in the event you have dental fears and anxieties, other sedation methods may be discussed to help keep you relaxed. Once you are ready, the affected enamel will be treated with a state-of-the-art dental drill. After the enamel is treated and the area cleaned, the composite resin material will be inserted and set. Lastly, we will polish the filling material so it matches your natural teeth.
Following Your Tooth-Colored Filling
Following your filling procedure, you will be able to resume your normal day, but you might have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days. Nonprescription pain medicine can help minimize discomfort or inflammation; however, you shouldn't have any serious problems. If after a few days the filling feels too high or uneven, please contact us. Keep your filling clean by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. During your annual dental exam, we will assess your filling and determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired at any point.
Insurance Coverage for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for cavities that are usually covered by insurance, at least in part. Someone from our team will talk to your dental insurance company to determine your exact coverage so we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have insurance, ask us about the different payments we accept at your appointment, as well as information on medical financing.
A Seamless Smile
Cavities may seem like no big deal since they are a common problem, but it is crucial to have them fixed before they become a bigger problem. At Downtown Boston Dental, cavities can be treated with tooth-colored fillings. We match the shade of your natural teeth so you get a seamless, healthy, natural-looking smile. If you suspect you or a family member have tooth decay, contact our Boston, MA office to schedule a dental examination with one of our wonderful dentists.