Dental fillings are an excellent way to treat a cavity and prevent complications, such as the onset of a dental infection. But instead of relying on classic metal options, we can treat one with a metal-free composite resin. In today’s blog, your Syosset, NY, dentist talks about placing metal-free fillings that are safe for everyone, and that look natural too!
The Downside of Amalgam
Metal options are effective, but they may not be the safest option for young children, pregnant women, the elderly, or of course, those with metal allergies. However, by using composite resin, we can provide dental fillings that are safe for people of all ages, and help treat tooth decay before smiles suffer from the onset of an infection or abscess which not only increases discomfort, but could risk the loss of the tooth too!
The Benefits of Composite Resin
Composite resin is a blend of acrylic-like and glass-like particles. This material can be color-matched to blend with the tooth, and will be able to stay in place for years to come and protect the tooth from further decay or infection. The same material is even used in dental bonding procedures to repair minor damage and mask teeth stains. When you notice your tooth aches or feels sensitive when you eat or drink, then schedule an appointment. Using advanced digital technology, we will identify the position and severity of the cavity, and provide treatment. If you attend regular six month checkup and cleaning visits, then our team will likely be able to identify cavities in the earliest stages, before you ever experience discomfort in many cases!
We first identify the position of the cavity, and then administer a local numbing agent to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Once you are, we will remove the decay from the tooth and gently clean the area. Next, we prepare and place the composite resin in several layers. As the material is cured beneath a light, we will sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. The whole process only takes one visit, and can help patients of all ages. Remember, baby teeth may not fall out until months or even years after a cavity forms, so even primary teeth benefit from treatment to protect little smiles from worsening pain or infection.
If you have any questions about how we treat tooth decay, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Our Cavity Treatments?
We would like to help you avoid the complications of an untreated dental cavity. If you have questions about improving the health and beauty of your smile in only one visit, then contact our Syosset, NY dental office today at 516-433-2211.