Fillings and Restorations in Amherst, NH

dental fillings amherst nhKeeping your teeth healthy and free from decay is our top priority at Family Dental Care, but sometimes cavities can develop despite regular dental care. Amherst, NH dentist Dr. Kenneth Edwards offers a range of restoration options to treat cavities, including the popular composite (tooth-colored) fillings.

How Did I Get a Cavity?

Cavities are formed when bacteria on your teeth release acid. This acid can eat a hole in the hard enamel of the tooth over time. Sometimes, cavities are due to poor or improper home care. Some medications and illnesses can weaken your mouth's natural defenses against decay. Sometimes a cavity can develop despite your best efforts.

If you develop a cavity, it's important to treat it before it can grow. An untreated cavity can lead to pain, sensitivity, and even damage to the root of your tooth.

If they're caught early enough, cavities can be treated with a simple filling. Cavities that are allowed to progress, however, may require other restoration processes, such as a root canal and crown.

What Are Fillings?

Fillings are used to fill the hole in your tooth left by a cavity. Dr. Edwards will first numb the area and remove the decay with a dental drill. Once all decay has been cleared, a filling will be placed. Fillings can be made of different materials, such as silver amalgam or a dental composite resin.

There are benefits and drawbacks to both composite and amalgam fillings. Composite fillings can be matched to your natural teeth, making them virtually invisible. Because the composite bonds to the tooth surface, more of your natural tooth structure can be left intact.

Amalgam fillings are stronger, but they can lead to cracked teeth and additional decay around the margin of the filling as the filling expands and contracts. Amalgam fillings usually cost less than composite, and some insurance plans will not cover the difference in costs or will only cover composite fillings in front teeth.

Dr. Edwards will help you choose the filling material that is right for you. We can treat the cavity and place the filling in a single visit to our Amherst, NH dental office. This way you'll have your tooth back to normal in no time at all!

Other Restoration Options

When the decay has progressed too far for a filling, we have other restoration options available. A crown can be used to cover the tooth if it has extensive decay or if a root canal is needed. Inlays and onlays can be used to restore large areas of decay or to restore chipped teeth and other aesthetic issues. If an extraction is necessary, a bridge or implant may be an option.

If the restoration will require more than a simple filling, Dr. Edwards will review all of your options so you can make an educated decision. We want you to be an active participant in your dental treatment every step of the way.

Do you have a cavity? Are you experiencing tooth pain? Call our Amherst dental office today to schedule an appointment.