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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
January 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

Cavities are a common yet painful dental problem. If caught in its early stages, the typical resolution for a cavity is a dental filling. Discover how dentists at Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC in West Hartford can use fillings to restore your teeth to their normal function, Fillingsincluding eating, drinking, talking and smiling.

What Are Fillings?
A filling is a dental material that is used to fill in a tooth that has been compromised by a cavity (hole in a tooth). Filling a cavity is similar to the process of using caulk to fill in a hole around a window that is allowing cold air in. Materials that dentists use for fillings include:

  • composite resin (tooth-colored)
  • porcelain
  • amalgam
  • gold

Restoring Your Teeth
Cavities can really wreak havoc on your teeth if they aren’t treated promptly. They can cause pain that makes it impossible to eat or even talk properly. If a cavity progresses, it can turn into a serious tooth infection that requires root canal therapy. Fillings shore up and restore teeth that have been compromised by cavities. First, your West Hartford dentist clears the tooth of any decay, then the filling material is added and sealed into place using a curing light. Composite (tooth-colored) dental fillings can also be used to modify the shape of your front teeth so that you'll be more comfortable smiling.

After getting a filling, it’s important to avoid drinking hot or very cold beverages (the same for food). You should also avoid eating on that side of your mouth after the appointment. While fillings are effective at restoring your teeth, they are only going to last if you prioritize brushing, flossing and keeping them free of bacteria-filled plaque. Avoid future problems with cavities by minimizing your intake of sugary drinks and foods, while also brushing regularly.

Schedule an Appointment Today
Fillings are a relatively inexpensive yet very effective way to repair your teeth and restore their full function. Call Drs Bradbury & Amato at (860) 561-3050 today to schedule an appointment at their West Hartford dentist office.