Here at Family Dentistry of Westford, tooth-colored fillings give you a natural-looking restoration option for tooth decay.
While silver fillings have typically been the go-to for treating decay, but they aren't the most aesthetically pleasing and need replacement after a while. Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations in our Westford office.
Thanks to new bonding technology, tooth-colored fillings, inlays, and onlays give you beautiful, unnoticeable restoration and strengthen weakened teeth.
Your Westford family dentist will bond the filling to your tooth, creating a tight fit to your natural tooth.
Additionally, tooth-colored fillings help to strengthen weakened teeth and wear the same way as natural teeth. White fillings are stronger than other options and provide a healthy tooth structure that remains intact.
If you have tooth decay, the doctors at Family Dentistry of Westford can restore your smile to a natural look and feel, giving you a beautiful smile!
Your Family Dentistry of Westford dentist may determine that you need a tooth extraction if you have severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, irreparable damage, or improper positioning.
Before extraction, we'll numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums with a local anesthetic. You'll feel pressure as we widen the socket for removal. If you feel pain, let your dentist know immediately so we can make you more comfortable.
If you have a tooth that requires sectioning, your dentist will cut the tooth into sections and remove each section one at a time.
Removing a single tooth can lead to problems with chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can significantly impact your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Schofield, Martin, and Smagula will discuss alternatives to extracting and replacing the extracted tooth.
Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. You can regain the ability to eat anything and smile confidently with teeth that look and feel natural.
During your dental visit, Dr. Schofield, Martin, or Smajula will assess your needs and refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Dental implants are metal anchors which act as tooth root substitutes and are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gums. These posts provide anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. The implants gradually bond with the jawbone for the first three months following surgery, during which you'll wear temporary dentures.
After the implant has bonded to the bone, the second phase begins. Your dentist will take an impression of the implant, and the dental laboratory can make the crown, bridgework, or denture that we'll attach to the implant by a connector called an abutment.
The entire procedure usually takes three to five months. Most patients do not experience disruption in their daily life and minimal discomfort throughout the process.