In their practice, serving the greater Boston area, Dr. Roland E. Vanaria and Dr. Tijana Stijacic frequently employ their expertise to set dental fillings. Fillings are a common occurrence that follow the removal of tooth decay in order to strengthen the tooth and return it to full function. Fillings serve to prevent further decay by closing off spaces where bacteria can enter. For fillings and any dental concerns contact their practice, Roland E. Vanaria, DDS, MAGD in Newton, Massachusetts and make your appointment today.
What are fillings?
Fillings fall under restorative dentistry and are offered by both Dr. Vanaria and Dr. Stijacic. They are made of a variety of materials and fill the space (cavity) left in a tooth after decay is removed. In the instance of tooth decay, your dentist removes the decayed tooth material to clean the affected area. The purpose of setting a filling is to restore the tooth back to its normal shape, strength, and function.
How do I know if I need a filling?
By having routine checkups with Dr. Vanaria and Dr. Stijacic they can examine your teeth for any signs of decay as early as possible. Anything that looks abnormal will prompt a closer inspection using special instruments and X-rays.
Skipping regular dentist visits can lead to painful symptoms that could mean you have tooth decay and are in need of a filling. The most common sign to look out for is sensitivity when the affected tooth comes in contact with food or drinks that are sweet, hot, or cold. In some cases, cavities are visible as holes or pits in your teeth. If you can see them, you are way overdue for a dental checkup.
What causes cavities?
When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth eat, too. Bacteria can turn the food stuck between your teeth into acids which are the foundation for plaque. Plaque dissolves the enamel on your teeth, creating holes known as cavities. Regularly and thoroughly brushing your teeth along with avoiding sugary or high-carb foods and drinks can reduce your risk of forming cavities.
What types of fillings are available?
There are several types of fillings that vary with the particular situation. Dr. Roland Vanaria and Dr. Tijana Stijacic specifically offer tooth colored and silver amalgam fillings to restore your teeth.
Tooth colored fillers match the color of your teeth to provide a natural look. They may not be ideal as large fillings due to eventual wearing and chipping over an extended time. These fillings are also prone to staining.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are more resistant to wear and are generally less expensive, although more noticeable on the tooth due to their dark color. They typically don’t apply amalgam fillings to teeth that are visible when you smile.