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Dental Fillings Sudbury, MA

Cavity FillingsAn Overview

Tooth decay is a growing oral health epidemic. With the rise of sugar-laden diets, patients of all ages are experiencing higher rates of tooth decay.

Caught early, minor decay can be treated using a conservative dental filling. For decay on teeth in the “smile-zone” dental fillings can be color-matched to blend in with your tooth for a natural-looking result.

Left untreated, tooth decay can spread and compromise the structure of the tooth. In advanced cases of tooth decay, the tooth may require more extensive treatment such as an inlay or onlay, or a root canal. If the tooth cannot be restored a tooth extraction may be necessary to restore the patient’s oral health.

Tooth Decay & Children

Children are at a high risk of developing dental decay. Children who develop cavities early on in life are more prone to oral disease later on in life. It is important to start bringing your child to the dentist as early as the age of 1, or as their first tooth begins to emerge.

Dr. Gauthier can help you and your children reduce the risk of tooth decay in your family. Sudbury Dental Arts provides dental fillings and patient education on cavity prevention for families of all ages in the Concord, Maynard, Acton, and Middlesex County communities. Pediatric dentistry focuses on preventing tooth decay in children.

Cavity Fillings What to Expect

A dental filling is a routine dental procedure that can be completed from the comfort of our Sudbury Dental Arts office. Patients will receive a local anesthetic for their optimal comfort during treatment.

Our team will use a special dental tool to scrape away any decayed or diseased tissue from the tooth. Once the damaged tissue is thoroughly removed, the tooth will be cleaned and prepared for a dental filling.

The dental filling composite material will be fit to the area of decay. A special light is applied to the tooth to activate the hardening agent sealing the filling into place. The filling is filed and buffed to a natural shine.

Cavity Fillings FAQs

What are inlays and onlays?

Inlays and Onlays, also known as partial crowns, are restorations made of porcelain ceramic. Inlays are best used to fill cavities and cover the area between the cusps of the tooth. Onlays cover a larger area and address damage to the whole surface of the tooth.

How long do dental fillings last?

Tooth fillings can last up to 20 years with the right dental care. This can depend on the size of the filling, where it is in the mouth, and how well you maintain your oral hygiene.

Are dental fillings painful?

No, during dental filling treatment we will use an anesthetic so that you feel comfortable. You may feel some discomfort following the procedure, but we will prescribe pain medication to help assuage any pain.

What are tooth fillings made out of?

Dental fillings can be made of metal amalgam for teeth in the back of the mouth like molars, or they can be made of composite resin. Although metal is durable, resin blends in with teeth for a more natural end-result.