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 and Dr. Meaghan Murray provide dental fillings at their Worcester, MA dentist office to treat tooth cavities and tooth 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 or Dr. Murray 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.
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.