Stop Decay With Tooth Filling Options in Beverly, MA

Stats Image About a quarter of adults have untreated cavities. Source.
Like a drip in a faucet or a leaky tire, the best time to deal with a cavity is when you first notice it. If you don’t, you risk it getting worse – and you’ll need to spend more time and money to fix it. Your dentist can remove all the decay and place a composite filling to prevent any further damage. Our Beverly tooth filling options are better than other restorations in several ways:

  • They are more affordable than crowns.
  • It takes less time to fill a cavity than to get a dental crown.
  • They keep more of your tooth intact than a crown.

We’ll check for signs of cavities during every dental exam. But if you think you have a cavity, call Martins Dental Partners at 978-288-1946 right away.

Composite Fillings Look Natural & Offer Other Benefits

Our dentists use tooth-colored composite fillings because they blend in easily with your smile. No one will even know you have a filling! There are other advantages to metal-free fillings too. They:

  • Are easier to fix – We can’t repair damage to an amalgam (metal) filling without taking it out and replacing it. However, it’s often possible to fix composite fillings without removing them.
  • Can be used anywhere in your mouth – Composite fillings can be used in spots where metal fillings aren’t an option, such as your front teeth.
  • Present no health risks – The jury is still out on whether the trace amounts of mercury in metal fillings are harmful. That’s not a concern with tooth-colored fillings.

Repair Your Smile With Other Dental Restorations

If your cavity is too big for a dental filling, we can use an inlay or an onlay to fix it. For more severe decay, we’ll cover the whole tooth with a crown. If decay gets into the soft, pulpy part of your tooth and becomes infected, we may be able to save it with a root canal. We try to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, but we can gently remove teeth that are too damaged to save.

For more information on Beverly tooth filling options or other restorations, call Martins Dental Partners at 978-288-1946 today or schedule online.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Filling Options

How long are tooth fillings supposed to last?

At Martins Dental Partners, we use natural-looking composite tooth fillings that blend in beautifully with the rest of your teeth. On average, you can expect these fillings to last five to seven years, although some patients do get a longer life from them. Their longevity will ultimately depend on factors such as the location of the filling and your oral hygiene habits.

Which tooth fillings are safe?

While there is still disagreement over whether traditional amalgam (metal) fillings are any threat to dental patients’ health, we prefer to be cautious with our dental treatment. For this reason, we place only metal-free composite resin fillings that are made up of tiny glass and plastic particles. They look great and give our patients peace of mind about their health.

How much do tooth fillings cost?

Without having you seated in our dental chair so we can take an up-close look at the damage to your tooth, it is difficult to give you an estimate on your tooth repair. After an exam and a set of X-rays, we could present you with a treatment plan so you could then decide what’s best for your needs, whether that’s a filling or another restoration like a crown.

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