Dental Fillings

We’ll help you repair cavities and restore your mouth to full function.

We do things a little bit different than a “normal” or “corporate” dental office!

We’re On Time

We respect your time and do everything we can to make sure your appointment starts on time.

EVENINGS + WEEKENDS

We’re open evenings and weekends to accommodate your busy life. Call or request online.

INSURANCE ACCEPTED

Our office accepts all major insurance companies with direct billing, so you don’t have to pay out of pocket.

WE’RE GENTLE

We buy the best equipment and use the most advanced techniques to ensure your visit is comfortable.

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We’ll help you repair cavities and restore your mouth to full function.

Composite fillings are made of a unique tooth-coloured resin, specifically designed to blend in with the rest of your mouth. They are a significantly safer, more durable, and aesthetically appealing alternative to mercury amalgam fillings.

Key Benefits:

  • Matches tooth colour effortlessly
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Can repair cracks, gaps, and chips as well as cavities

If you have never had a cavity, congratulations! If you have had one, you are not alone. About 78% of us have had at least one cavity by the time we reach age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Fortunately there’s a time-tested treatment for cavities: the dental filling.

Fillings do just what the name implies — seal a small hole in your tooth, i.e., a cavity, caused by decay. This prevents the decay (a bacteria-induced infection) from spreading further into your tooth and, if untreated, continue on to the sensitive inner pulp (nerve) tissue located in the root canal. Should that happen, you would need root canal treatment.

There are a variety of materials used to fill teeth these days, but the process of filling a tooth is similar regardless. The first step is a clinical exam of the tooth with x-rays, to determine the extent of the decay. Then the decayed area of the tooth is removed, usually with a handheld instrument such as a dental drill. Of course, your tooth will be anesthetized first, so you won’t feel any discomfort. If you normally feel nervous about receiving numbing injections, it’s possible that taking an anti-anxiety medication or using nitrous oxide can help you feel more relaxed. After removing the decay, the remaining tooth structure is roughened or “etched” with a mildly acidic solution; then translucent cement is applied to bond the tooth and the filling material together.

We always warmly welcome new patients to our office!

Give us a call at 508-747-5400 or fill out the form below to ask us a question or book an appointment.

 

Our Promise to Our Patients

We’ve meticulously crafted a dental experience we know you’ll love!

Our promises to you:

  • Listen, then Listen More.
  • Communicate with Clarity.
  • We will be Worthy of our Patients and Co-workers Trust
  • Pursue Excellence in everything we do – to be Remarkable
  • Make a Difference in our Community
Just a few of the reasons our patients love us:
  • We respect your time and make every effort to be ready for you at the time of your appointment
  • We invest in industry leading technology to ensure you have a comfortable visit
  • We offer a full range of dental services for the whole family
  • We have a modern office and a friendly team

Insurance & Payments

We’ll Accept Your Dental Insurance in Plymouth

At Kerr Dental, our team believes that even the highest-quality dental care should always be affordable for the average family, and that’s why we’re happy to accept dental insurance in Plymouth from a long list of providers, including:

  • Delta Dental
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • United Concordia
  • Sunlife
  • And many more!

Of course, if you’ve invested in dental insurance, you’d probably like to know the best ways to use it so you can maximize your benefits. Here are 3 easy tips to help you get the most out of your plan whenever you come to see your dentist in Plymouth at Kerr Dental.


Your Mouth, Your Decisions!

Our job is to show you what we see in your mouth, educate you on your options, and let you make the best decision for yourself. We never push unnecessary treatments and always give you options.

Give us a Call!

The first step to better oral health is giving us a call to book an appointment. We offer evening and weekend appointments and have 2 locations for your convenience.

Initial Visit

During your first visit we will take some X-Rays and give you a tour of your mouth with our intra oral cameras. Then, we’ll learn about your oral health goals and give you any applicable treatment options.

Next Visit

Once you know what is going on inside of your mouth, you make the treatment decisions that are best for you. We will never be pushy or recommend treatment that you don’t need.


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Additional Information

Types of Fillings

There are two broad categories of dental fillings: metal fillings and tooth-colored fillings. Each may offer particular advantages and disadvantages in certain situations.

Metal Fillings

Amalgam — The classic “silver” filling in use for more than a century, dental amalgam is actually an alloy made up of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. The mercury combines with the other metals in the amalgam to make it stable and safe. These fillings are strong and inexpensive, but also quite noticeable. They also require relatively more tooth preparation (drilling) than other types.

Cast Gold — Among the most expensive restorative dental materials, cast gold combines gold with other metals for a very strong, long-lasting filling. It is also highly noticeable, which can be considered a plus or minus.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite — A popular choice for those who don’t want their fillings to show, composite is a mixture of plastic and glass, which actually bonds to the rest of the tooth. Composites are more expensive than amalgam fillings, and the newer materials can hold up almost as long. Less drilling of the tooth is necessary when placing composite as compared to amalgam.

Porcelain — These high-tech dental ceramics are strong, lifelike, and don’t stain as composites can. They are sometimes more expensive than composites because they may require the use of a dental laboratory or specialized computer-generated technology. While considered the most aesthetic filling, they can also, because of their relatively high glass content, be brittle.

Glass Ionomer — Made of acrylic and glass powders, these inexpensive, translucent fillings have the advantages of blending in pretty well with natural tooth color and releasing small amounts of fluoride to help prevent decay. They generally don’t last as long as other restorative materials.

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What to Expect After Getting a Filling

The numbness caused by your local anesthesia should wear off within a couple of hours. Until then, it’s best to avoid drinking hot or cold liquids, and eating on the side of your mouth with the new filling. Some sensitivity to hot and cold is normal in the first couple of weeks after getting a tooth filled. If it persists beyond that, or you have any actual pain when biting, it could signal that an adjustment to your filling needs to be made. Continue to brush and floss as normal every day, and visit the dental office at least twice per year for your regular checkups and cleanings. And remember, tooth decay is a very preventable disease; with good oral hygiene and professional care, you can make your most recent cavity your last!

FAQ:

How long do fillings last for?

Composite fillings usually last for 10+ years.

Why should I get composite fillings instead of traditional or mercury fillings?

Traditional or mercury fillings can be harmful to your body. Additionally, traditional fillings must be fully replaced if they crack while composite fillings can be repaired. Most people also think that composite fillings are more aesthetically pleasing than other metal fillings.

Are fillings covered by insurance?

Most of our treatments are covered by a majority of insurance companies. For a more detailed explanation of your coverage please call your service provider.

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Phone:
(508) 747-5400

Address:
3 Market Crossing Plymouth, MA 02360-7735

Office Hours:
Monday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sunday: Closed
*Open one Saturday a month September through May.

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