At some point, nearly all of us will develop a cavity. Even with excellent care, only about one to two percent of the population is immune to the onset of dental caries. What happens when a cavity forms? In most cases, we treat the issue with a natural looking dental filling, one designed to blend with your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings

Question: How do I know if I have a cavity?

Answer: When a cavity forms you may notice sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. Later, a toothache can form as the decay continues to grow. Sometimes, toothaches can be the result of a sinus infection or change in air pressure (such as when you’re taking a plane ride). However, if the pain remains after 48 hours, then schedule an appointment so we can make sure you don’t have a cavity.

Question: What happens if the decay isn’t treated quickly?

Answer: Without treatment, the decay continues to grow more serious, until bacteria reaches the inner pulp. There, an infection or possibly an abscess can form, which will lead to more serious discomfort and even a risk of tooth loss. For this reason, we recommend treating decay as soon as possible.

Question: How do you place the filling?

Answer: We will first need to remove the decay and then clean the tooth. We will apply the metal-free composite resin to the tooth and then shape the tooth as the material cures under a light. We complete the procedure by polishing the tooth to ensure a more natural appearance.

Question: Will the restoration really blend with my smile?

Answer: Yes! We color match the composite resin to ensure it matches the rest of the tooth. If you have any questions about creating and placing a filling, then please contact our office today.

Do You Have a Cavity?

Dr. Janet Goguen, DMD, can diagnose and treat mild and advanced tooth decay, ensuring the health and beauty of your smile. Call our office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591 to schedule your next cleaning. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities, including, Grafton, Hopedale, Whitinsville, and more.

 

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