Fillings and Restorations in Amherst, NH

You probably already know that brushing and flossing your teeth well are crucial components of a healthy smile. Your teeth get exposed to all sorts of attackers daily, mostly from the foods and drinks you consume. If you want to keep them healthy and make sure they last, then you need to take care of them both at home and when you visit your dentist.

At the dental office of Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, keeping your teeth healthy and free from decay is our top priority. We understand, however, that even the best preventive dental measures sometimes fail and that cavities can still develop despite regular dental care. 

That’s why our Amherst, NH dentist offers dental restoration options to treat cavities, including our popular tooth-colored fillings. If your tooth has a cavity, you should have us fill it right away to protect your smile. 

To schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Edwards or to ask our clinical staff any question about your teeth, please contact our dental practice today by calling (603) 673-0782. 

How did I get a cavity?

Cavities form when the bacteria on your teeth release acid. This acid can eat a hole in the hard enamel of a tooth over time. Dental cavities, or “caries,” start small but get bigger the longer they are left untreated. 

You can get cavities for several different reasons, including: 

  • Inadequate or improper dental care, such as not brushing or flossing often enough
  • Drinking water that isn’t treated with fluoride or not brushing with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Snacking frequently 
  • Taking certain prescription medications
  • Consuming too much sugar, especially liquid sugar from sodas and energy drinks
  • Not visiting your dentist every six months for your routine dental exams 

Unfortunately, you can sometimes develop a cavity or two despite your best efforts. 

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

When you visit our dental office twice a year as advised, we can catch your cavities in time, and our Amherst, NH dentist can treat them with a simple filling. Cavities that are allowed to progress, however, may require other restoration processes, such as a root canal or a dental crown.

What are dental fillings?

When we talk about having a cavity “filled,” we literally mean filling up the space left behind after we remove the dental decay from your tooth. A cavity eats away at your tooth, leaving it more fragile and hollow than it was before the cavity. Dental fillings solve this problem by restoring some of the missing strength and form to your tooth. 

To perform a dental filling, we must first clean out your tooth. 

Dr. Edwards starts by numbing the area around your tooth so that you stay comfortable and pain-free. Then, we remove the decay with a dental drill. Unless the decay is extensive, this process is usually pretty fast.

Once we clear all the decay away, we then place your tooth’s filling. Our Amherst, NH dental fillings are made of different materials, such as silver amalgam or a dental composite resin.

There are benefits and drawbacks to both composite and amalgam fillings. We can match the shade of our composite fillings to your natural teeth, making them virtually invisible. Because the composite bonds to the tooth surface, we can leave more of your natural tooth structure intact.

Amalgam fillings are more durable than composite resin fillings. Still, they can also 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 ones, 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 your cavity and place the dental filling in a single visit to our dental office. This way, you’ll have your tooth back to normal in no time at all! 

If you need a dental filling in Amherst, NH, please call us at (603) 673-0782 to schedule your visit. 

Will my dental filling hurt?

One of the biggest concerns our patients have about getting a cavity filled is whether or not the filling will hurt. After all, no one likes getting shots in their mouth or having dental work done. 

The good news is that your dental filling should not hurt at all. In most cases, yes, you will need at least one injection of anesthesia to numb the area—but we use a topical agent to numb the area before injections, so you barely feel it at all.

During your cavity filling, it’s normal to experience pressure and slight discomfort, but you should not have any pain. If you do feel pain at any point, please alert a member of our clinical staff right away so we can assess the situation. 

Additionally, we encourage you to bring music and headphones if you’re worried about the sounds of the dental drill. Listening to music during your treatment is an excellent way to distract yourself and drown out dental anxiety. 

Will people be able to tell that I have a filling in my tooth?

The short answer is that it depends on the type of filling you choose and where in your mouth the cavity is located. 

For most dental fillings, you have a choice between amalgam (metal) and composite (tooth-colored) fillings. Although Dr. Edwards will always recommend the option that’s best for your situation, we usually recommend composite fillings as they are best in most scenarios. Most of our patients choose our composite resin, tooth-colored fillings in Amherst, NH to keep their smiles looking beautiful and to avoid having a noticeable filling in their smile. 

If you have concerns about the way a dental filling will affect your teeth, don’t hesitate to bring those concerns to Dr. Edwards so the two of you can discuss the best way to treat your cavity. 

What are my other options for dental restorations in the 03031 area?

When dental decay progresses too far for a filling, we have other restoration options available. 

We can use a dental crown to cover the tooth if it has extensive decay or if you need a crown after your root canal treatment. Dr. Edwards can also use inlays and onlays to restore large areas that had decay or to restore chipped teeth and other aesthetic issues. If an extraction is necessary, a bridge or implant may be an option for replacing that missing tooth. 

If the restoration requires 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.

How can I schedule a dental filling in Amherst, NH? 

If you have a cavity or are experiencing tooth pain in Amherst, don’t wait to contact our dental office. Usually, the sooner we can treat you for a dental problem, the better our chances are of restoring your tooth in a minimally invasive way. 

To schedule a dental filling with us, please call the dental office of Dr. Keith G. Edwards today at (603) 673-0782.