A dental filling is one of the most common general dental treatments today, and one that most patients will experience at some point in their life. Dr. Robert Gauthier provides dental fillings at his Worcester, MA dentist office to treat tooth cavities and tooth damage. Restore your broken or chipped teeth with dental fillings to prevent further damage. Dental fillings play an important role in maintaining optimal oral health and keeping your smile healthy and functional.
Our Russell Street dentists offer several types of dental fillings, but often recommends a composite resin filling, or “white filling” for results that are lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Gauthier may also replace old, dark fillings with white fillings to improve the health of the tooth and enhance a patient’s smile.
Dental Fillings: What To Expect
The dental filling procedure is typically completed during a single visit to Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester. A local anesthetic is applied to ensure your comfort during treatment. Your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decayed or damaged tooth structure. The composite resin will be applied to the tooth, molded into place for a comfortable fit and permanently cured with a special light. Patients leave our office with no painful after effects. You may experience short-term tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods after the filling procedure, but this is normal. Symptoms should subside within a couple of days. If you experience any issues after a few days, give us a call as soon as possible. If your fillings are causing you pain, we can schedule you back in sooner. You will be required to avoid eating and using your mouth for at least a couple of hours to let the anesthetic wear off. This prevents you from accidentally biting your tongue or cheeks while still numb.
Gold or porcelain fillings, such as an inlay or onlay, will require two visits. These restorations are fabricated in a dental lab from molds taken by your dentist at your initial appointment. These types of dental filling are recommended when there is significant damage to the tooth or the affected tooth is at the back of the mouth and used for chewing.
Dental Filling FAQs
What is the best type of filling?
There is no-one-size-fits-all solution. Dr. Gauthier will evaluate your condition and recommend the best choice for your situation. Most commonly, we recommend “white fillings” made of either composite resin or ceramic material for a natural looking restoration.
Do you fix broken fillings?
Yes. If you have a lost or broken filling, contact our dental office to schedule an appointment. We make all attempts to see patients for dental emergencies on the same day.
Can you replace my metal fillings with white fillings?
Many patients visit our dentist office to have their old fillings replaced. Unsightly metal fillings can be replaced with porcelain inlays and onlays, or in some cases a dental crown will be the best solution.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact our Worcester Massachusetts dentist office at (508) 687-6579, or request an appointment with Russell Street Dental Associates online today.