General Dentistry in Westford & Bedford
Our comfortable office environment allows you to relax as we take care of your dental needs. Whether you simply need a cleaning or a crown or other restorative services, want to enhance your smile with Cosmetic Dentistry, or address sensitive teeth, we are here to take care of you! Dr. Wu and Dr. Santamaria offer a wide range of dental services including:
Restorative & General Dentistry
Emerson Dental provides restorative dentistry in Westford and Bedford, MA. Call 978-399-0017 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
When a tooth has suffered damage due to decay or dental trauma, we use restorative treatments to restore its strength, function, and appearance. Our doctors take a biomimetic approach to restorations, which involves removing as little of the tooth structure as possible and reconstructing it to emulate the natural biomechanical function and form of your tooth. Biomimetic dentistry is conservative in that it preserves more of the tooth than traditional dental treatments, but it’s also a modern approach that utilizes the latest dental technology and techniques.
Our restorative dentistry services include:
Frequently Asked Questions About Restorative Dentistry
What does restorative dental treatment cover?
Restorative dentistry is any procedure that replaces missing teeth or repairs damaged teeth. Common restorative procedures include dental fillings, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, dental implants, and dentures.
What is the best tooth filling?
Composite fillings are generally considered the best material for filling teeth. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are made from metal, composite fillings are white, so they blend in with the rest of your tooth. Today’s composite fillings are strong and durable, lasting many years with good oral hygiene practices.
What will happen if a cavity is left untreated?
An untreated cavity won’t go away; instead, it will continue to grow and spread throughout your tooth. When it reaches the pulp of your tooth, you will need to have a root canal or a dental extraction. As a cavity grows, it can also weaken the structure of your tooth, making it prone to breakage. Untreated cavities may cause tooth abscesses, painful infections that require urgent treatment.
Which is better, a bridge or dental implant?
We can’t tell you which option is better without examining you in person, but generally speaking, dental implants are considered superior because they don’t place any stress on supporting teeth. Because they replace the root of a missing tooth, they can also prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Is there an alternative to getting a crown?
If you’ve been told that you need a crown, it’s best to get a crown. A dental filling, inlay, or onlay may not be sufficient to repair the damage to your tooth and extracting a tooth is not recommended when it can easily be saved, as this can compromise your oral health.
Are dental implants worth it?
Yes, most patients agree that dental implants are worth it—they’re thrilled with the results and happy to have a restoration that looks, feels, and functions just like their natural teeth. From the perspective of a dentist, we know that dental implants are worth it because they’re the only replacement option for missing teeth that addresses tooth loss both above and below the gumline. This means you’ll have a stronger bite, more stable restoration, and bone loss will be prevented.
General Post-Op Instructions
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect as a new patient of Emerson Dental?
When you’re a patient at Emerson Dental you will be treated with compassion and respect. We believe in providing comprehensive care that addresses both your short- and long-term dental care goals. Our dentists provide complete, caring and customized treatment plans that are right for you. We truly care about our patients’ overall well-being and more importantly, we want you to be part of our dental family!
What about dental emergencies?
Here at Emerson Dental, we are happy to serve you in any way we can. During office hours, whether you’re an existing or a new patient, our patient coordinator will be able to accommodate a same-day or next-day appointment in most cases. As a current patient of record in our office, you will have access to our doctors 24/7 by calling our office and following the prompts for our emergency number. Typically, one of the doctors will return your call within the hour to assist with your dental emergency.
Do you take dental insurance?
Yes, Emerson Dental accepts many dental plans. Please feel free to give us a call if you have questions about your particular dental coverage. Unfortunately, we do not work with state-funded programs such as Medicaid, but we do offer many financial solutions for our patients to help them obtain the care they need.
What if I have a fear of going to the dentist?
It’s very common for patients to feel some dental anxiety regarding their dental treatment. Our team at Emerson Dental is here to assist you and to ease your anxiety. Here are some tips to help you overcome your fear when coming to Emerson Dental:
- Be sure to discuss your dental anxiety with any of our team members. This way, the dentists and our dental hygienist can make your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
- Everyone’s comfort level is different. Don’t be afraid to ask for a numbing agent if you are concerned about feeling discomfort during or before a procedure–our dentists and our hygienist will not want to proceed unless you’re comfortable.
- We do offer our patients anti-anxiety medication and/or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help reduce dental anxiety prior to and during your appointment. Please be advised that this type of medication can require you to have someone bring you to your appointment and also take you home. Speak with your dentist before the day of your visit about anti-anxiety medication and we can work with you to decide which is the best method to help make your appointment as comfortable as possible.
- Arrive early to your appointment. Stress management can start just by reading a magazine in the waiting room or sitting by our soothing salt water fish tank!