Dental Fillings in Glastonbury, CT

Dental Fillings in Glastonbury, CT

When you get a cavity in your tooth, it is necessary to fill the hole it leaves behind in the enamel. Dr. Hinchey, our dentist in Glastonbury, CT, will need to remove the decay and fill the hole to restore the tooth.

Types of Dental Fillings

If you need a filling in a tooth, you can choose from a variety of different materials:

  • Ceramic – These fillings are tooth-colored and contain porcelain
  • Glass Ionomer – Consisting of acrylic and glass particles, they can release fluoride to protect your teeth
  • Composite Resin

At Steven F. Hinchey, DMD, we are a mercury-free and mercury-safe dentistry, meaning we do not use amalgam fillings. For patients with old amalgam fillings, we can safely remove them. We prefer to use safer materials to fill the teeth. Composite resin fillings are a popular choice because they are tooth-colored and blend in well with your natural teeth.

Taking Care of Dental Fillings

Even though fillings are sturdy, they will show signs of wear over time, and they may need replacing. However, our dentist at Steven F. Hinchey, DMD in Glastonbury, CT, can show you how to care for your dental fillings to prolong their use.

To prolong fillings, don’t chew on substances other than food. Chewing on pens, pencils, or your fingernails can cause fillings, and other dental work, to wear out faster. You should also avoid using your teeth to tear open packages or open bottles because it can cause cracks or holes in your dental work.

When you brush your teeth, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and go over them gently. Brushing too hard can affect both tooth enamel and dental work.

If your fillings show signs of wear, crack, or fall out, contact our dental office in Glastonbury, CT, right away. We may need to replace the filling so that it can continue protecting your tooth.

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