Today's dental fillings are stronger and more long-lasting than ever before. Thanks to amazing tooth-colored materials, your Bedford, MA, dentists--Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin, and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia--restore tooth decay quickly and seamlessly. Learn more about dental decay and these pristine restorations from Great Meadows Dental Group.
Your damaged tooth
The Centers for Disease Control calls tooth decay one of the most frequent chronic health problems in the United States today. Just what is tooth decay? Essentially, it's a hole in the hard outer layer of tooth structure known as enamel. As oral bacteria adhere to teeth through plaque and tartar accumulation, these microbes secrete acids which erode the enamel first and then the deeper layers, known as dentin and pulp. The result is a cavity, and, left untreated, infection and tooth loss may develop.
While brushing, flossing, and preventive exams and cleanings at Great Meadows Dental Group do much to protect your teeth, sometimes cavities happen anyway. If you have a damaged tooth, you have great options for full restoration of that tooth's appearance, health, and function.
Enter the tooth-colored filling
Your dentist at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford carefully examines patients for tooth decay. X-rays and the state-of-the-art DIAGNOdent laser detection pen uncover hidden cavities for the earliest possible treatment.
While in years past, dark metal fillings were a dentist's only option for filling decay, today the team at Great Meadows Dental Group uses tooth-colored materials which are lifelike and just as strong as your natural tooth. Most fillings are composed of composite resin, an inventive mix of glass particles and acrylic. Layered into the prepared tooth and hardened with a blue curing light, composite resin fillings are seamless and practically unnoticeable. Also, this material requires less removal of healthy enamel than amalgam fillings do.
Other kinds of tooth-colored fillings include porcelain and glass ionomer materials. Made at the dental lab or with computerized, chairside milling machines, porcelain fillings restore larger areas of decay. In fact, dentists call these fillings inlays (resting between tooth cusps) or onlays (covering the entire top of a tooth). Glass ionomer fills cavities on the sides of teeth near the cheeks or tongue. This material contains slow-release fluoride for extra cavity protection.
Find out more
If you are experiencing pain, dental sensitivity or see a spot or pit on a tooth, please contact our office in Bedford, MA, right away. You may have a cavity. Your friends at Great Meadows Dental Group will accurately diagnose and treat the problem comfortably with premiere dental materials. Phone (781) 275-7707 for your appointment.