Perhaps the first major dental procedure that many people in the United States experience is the insertion of a filling to treat a cavity. Cavities develop when a tooth is attacked by plaque and allowed to decay. When left untreated, the cavity can result in more severe damage, an infection, and even permanent tooth loss.
If you or a loved one think you might have a cavity, you should see a dentist like Dental Arts of Plymouth as soon as possible. Our office in Plymouth, NH can remove the decay, place a filling, and get you on your way to a healthier smile.
A dental filling is a hard, solid material placed inside of a damaged tooth to restore the structure. It is inserted after the interior has been cleaned and sanitized, so decay does not become trapped. The filling plays an important role in keeping the structure stable so you can still use your tooth.
A dental filling can be made with a broad range of materials. The oldest and most common options continue to be precious metals like amalgam (silver) and gold. Amalgam and gold are noticeable when placed in a tooth but are highly durable, lasting anywhere from 15 to 20 years before replacement is necessary.
Besides amalgam and gold, it is possible to get composite resin and porcelain fillings that match the color of the tooth and fit better against the enamel. The material can be less expensive while also protecting the tooth without leaving a noticeable mark behind.
If you are interested in getting a new dental filling or replacing an old one, you can schedule an appointment with us at Dental Arts of Plymouth in Plymouth, NH. We use the latest techniques and technology to identify cavities and other holes in the teeth to craft a custom filling for you. Our dentist will use a small amount of anesthetic to ensure you feel little to no discomfort, and the entire procedure can be completed in one appointment.