Composite Tooth Fillings From Plainville, CT Dentist Office
Dental fillings or tooth fillings are the most common tooth restoration. At Gentle Dental Care, Plainville, CT dentist, Dr. Thomas Peltzer uses a tooth-colored composite material to fill cavities and restore damaged teeth.
When tooth decay leaves your tooth with a cavity, Dr. Peltzer will give you a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. He will use a drill or a laser to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. After removing the decay, the viable tooth that is left is cleaned and then filled, restoring the tooth’s integrity and function. This process is primarily to stop the spread of decay and infection and make your tooth strong again, after losing some of its protective enamel.
Years ago, silver fillings were the standard type of filling material and there are still dentists that actually still do silver fillings for whatever reason. Some states have actually banned silver fillings for what they believe to be medical reasons because there is some question as to whether there are medical complications as a result of those things. I don’t know where exactly I stand on that because the research is not 100% in yet but why take a chance. We have white fillings that we do for patients whether it is front teeth or back teeth. We don’t put big giant silver metal fillings in that eventually turn black and look pretty ugly actually. We put in white fillings that are durable and strong and materials have evolved phenomenally over the years. We have a wide latitude of different ranges of colors that we can utilize in terms of different shades of white. Some people have more grey in their teeth, more yellow in their teeth, brighter white teeth, so we will match the color of the filling to the color of the tooth then often times they are basically invisible in terms of how they look to anybody looking at somebody smiling or talking.
Composite fillings require several steps. After the cavity has been completely cleaned of decay, Dr. Peltzer will put layers of composite material over the cavity, curing (hardening) each layer with a special light. After putting enough layers in to fill the tooth, he will trim off any excess material and shape the tooth as closely to its original dimensions as possible. He will check your bite, make any adjustments that are needed, and clean and polish the filled tooth. Since we do not use metal or amalgam fillings at our practice, your composite filling will closely match the color of your teeth.
After you have a filling placed, tooth sensitivity is common. You may have trouble with your tooth being sensitive to hot or cold, pressure, sweets, and even air. This may be a result of a filling that is located close to the root, causing irritation. It can sometimes last a few weeks. Try and avoid the things that cause discomfort, and consider using a desensitizing toothpaste. If the discomfort continues, you need to contact us for an appointment to make sure your filling is sound, and saliva and bacteria are not leaking into the tooth. If the dental filling is sound and the pain continues, you may need root canal therapy.
As with any dental work, continue to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once a day. Visit Dr. Peltzer regularly for cleanings and checkups.
If you experience any trouble with an old metal filling, including pain, cracks, breaking, or falling out, please call us right away. We will get you an appointment as soon as possible to repair your tooth fillings with tooth-colored composite and restore your tooth.
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