When a tooth has been deformed by decay, cracks, etc, it is repaired using a composite (tooth colored) filling. A composite filling blends in with the natural color of your teeth, restoring the beauty of your smile. First, the decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with a composite filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Our experienced staff at Boston Dental can help you to choose the best option for your composite filling.
The most common types of fillings are composite fillings and also silver amalgam fillings. The great thing about composite fillings is that they can blend in with the color of your teeth. This makes them the most popular with patients as they feel more confident that others won’t notice the filling. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and will eventually need to be replaced. However, they are very durable and will provide you with a beautiful smile for many years.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked/broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How do composite fillings work?
For most patients, composite fillings can be placed in one appointment. The procedure is fairly simple. First, your tooth is numbed and the dentist removes a remaining decay. The open space is then thoroughly cleaned and prepped for the filling. If the decay was near any roots, a special medicine is applied to provide more comfort for the patient during the procedure. The filling is then shaped and filed to specifically fit the tooth. You can be confident that you will receive instructions for the care of your filling at the conclusion of treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will also aid in the life of your new fillings.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is designed to allow you to relieve pain and discomfort by keeping your original tooth longer, which can help maintain your natural bite and the proper functioning of your jaw.
Root canal treatment involves removing the nerve tissue located in the center of the tooth and its root or roots. Treatment involves drilling through the biting surface of the tooth to expose the pulp, which is removed with very fine metal files.
To prevent further infection, medication may be used to sterilize the inside of the tooth. Each empty root canal is filled with a rubber-like material and medicated cement. This can help to prevent painful infections from forming in the empty canals.
Occasionally a metal pin (post) is also inserted into the canal to help restore the tooth. The opening in the tooth is closed with a temporary filling. At a later appointment, a build up and crown will need to be placed. The two main reasons for Root Canal Therapy would be an infection of the pulp canal or trauma/fracture to the tooth.
If you need a filling or root canal therapy in Logan, UT, trust the team at Boston Dental. Get in touch today for details! (435) 752-3343