Dental cavities are painful holes in the tooth enamel often caused by bacterial decay. While they are a common issue, they can be uncomfortable and create long term damage and dental weakness. To help our patients recover, we at South Hadley Dental Group offer comprehensive dental fillings near you.
Dental fillings are small pieces of solid material that repair the structure of a tooth after it has been damaged. Our dentist custom fits each one so it is snug against the surrounding enamel but does not aggravate the soft tissues underneath.
When a filling fits correctly, bacteria and plaque are not able to penetrate the tooth and cause further damage. The material also does not disrupt regular activities like eating and chewing.
During this procedure, our dentist will combat any infection and perform a thorough sanitization of the interior of the tooth. This protects you from further pain and discomfort and helps stop the spread of decay. You will not feel anything during treatment except for some slight pressure.
Most people associate fillings with the amalgam (silver) models of the 1980s/90s or the gold ones of the mid-20th century. However, you now have a broad range of options to choose from when it comes to the material used to repair your tooth.
You can still choose amalgam or silver. These metals are highly durable and resistant to decay and can last up to 20 years. The downside is they are highly visible. On the other hand, you can select composite resin or porcelain. These materials are shaded to match the normal color of your teeth, making them undetectable to the naked eye. While more affordable, composite resin and porcelain only last between 5 and 10 years.
When you visit South Hadley Dental Group, you receive high-quality care and some of the finest dental fillings in South Hadley, MA. We can install a new filling, or repair and replace one that has worn out. All you need to do is schedule an appointment to see us today!