A composite filling is a white (tooth colored) restoration used to repair damage to a tooth caused by decay, cracks or fractures.
There are several different types of filling materials available to you. Composite and silver amalgam fillings are the most widely used. However, unlike metal fillings, composite fillings can be closely matched to the shade of existing teeth. This makes them cosmetically pleasing in restorations to the more visible areas of the teeth. We are pleased to explain all the options available to you.
With proper care, composite fillings will last a long time, but as with most dental restorations they are not always permanent and may someday require replacement.
Reasons for getting composite fillings:
- To repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth.
- To close a gap between two teeth.
- To restore worn or decayed teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings require just one appointment to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
At West Newton Dental Associates we use the latest technology and finest materials to produce composite fillings that offer superior fit, function and aesthetics. We will provide instructions for the care of your new fillings. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits and regular dental visit are recommended to extend the life of your new fillings.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about composite fillings or to schedule a smile consultation with one of our doctors.
Non-surgical periodontal treatment can be sufficient in some cases. Planing is a treatment that consists of the cleaning and smoothing of the root surfaces so the gum tissue can attach more firmly to the root. This can help reduce sensitivity and prevent tooth loss. Scaling is a therapeutic treatment that involves the removal of plaque and calculus from deep periodontal pockets. When necessary, non-surgical treatment is followed by the application of antimicrobials.
If you’re diagnosed with periodontal disease and/or soft tissue erosion, periodontal surgery may be recommended. This becomes necessary when the tissue around your teeth has become so unhealthy or has eroded so much that non-surgical treatments alone will not repair it. In severe cases where periodontal surgery cannot repair the structures that hold the tooth in place, tooth extraction may be needed. If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, dental implants can be a great option for restoring your smile.
f you’ve already lost a tooth or teeth to periodontal disease or other reasons you may be interested in dental implants. A dental implant is a Titanium screw that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone as an anchor for a natural looking crown. Dental implants restore the natural appearance and function of missing teeth so you can speak and eat with confidence.
Skill and technique on the part of the periodontist are critical for comfort during a periodontic procedure. At West Newton Dental Associates our doctors are specialists with years of experience in periodontics. We will give you care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your teeth following periodontic treatment.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about periodontics or to schedule an oral health consultation with one of our doctors.