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By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S
December 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If your family dentist in Milford, CT, says you have a cavity, don't worry. Dr. Bruce Schechter uses a reliable and cosmetically- pleasing tooth colored fillingsmaterial to repair the damage, strengthen the tooth and blend with surrounding enamel seamlessly. Yes, a tooth-colored filling is one of today's family dentistry wonders, returning a patient's dental health, good oral function, and a great smile.

What is tooth decay?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that approximately 91 percent of adults in the United States have experienced at least one cavity. A cavity is the end-result of a destructive process involving oral bacteria, the acids they secrete and the breakdown of tooth enamel. Unfortunately, tooth decay cannot resolve itself but rather, needs careful diagnosis and treatment at your dentist's office.

Because of modern diagnostic techniques, your family dentist in Milford can detect decay in its earliest stages. Dr. Schechter also offers a state-of-the-art material, called composite resin, to fill and restore the damage. A wonderful alternative to obvious metal fillings, composite resin matches your tooth in color and sheen, making it the best choice aesthetically and structurally, too.

Creating a tooth-colored filling

After confirming that you have a cavity, Dr. Schechter numbs the tooth with a local anesthetic. He removes the decayed portions of the tooth with small handheld tools, including a high-speed drill. Then, he applies the composite resin in layers, treating each layer with a special blue light. The light activates a chemical within the material (a mixture of acrylic and glass), and hardens it. A final shaping and check for proper bite finishes the restoration.

The benefits of tooth-colored fillings

Composite resin fillings offer you many wonderful benefits, including:

  • Natural appearance
  • Durability (chip and wear resistant)
  • Longevity (lasting indefinitely with good at-home and in-office care)
  • Preservation of more natural tooth structure

So, a tooth-colored filling is superior in many ways to its amalgam counterpart. Interestingly, composite resin flexes in much the same way as your natural tooth enamel. Therefore, it withstands the forces of chewing and biting exceptionally well. Also, because the resin bonds directly to the tooth, your dentist removes far less healthy enamel, unlike metal fillings which require substantial "undercuts" to stay in place.

Have a cavity? We can handle it
And, you'll love the results. So, go ahead and book your filling appointment with Dr. Bruce Schechter. That cavity will disappear for good. Call our office in Milford, CT, today to book an appointment or ask any questions about family dentistry at (203) 878-1787.