Tooth-Colored Fillings in Rochester Hills & St. Clair Shores, MI
Did you know that over 90% of Americans develop at least one cavity in their lifetimes? Tooth decay is a common issue, and mild tooth decay is usually treated with a dental filling. Our office uses durable, composite dental fillings to repair teeth that have developed cavities and help protect them from future decay. Contact our office to learn more or schedule your next visit today!Contact Us
What are the benefits of tooth-colored dental fillings?
Tooth-colored dental fillings offer several benefits over traditional amalgam fillings. Because they are made from a tooth-colored resin material, they blend seamlessly with the natural color of the tooth, making them much more aesthetically pleasing. Composite fillings are also less likely to expand or contract in response to changes in temperature, which can reduce the risk of further tooth damage or sensitivity. Tooth-colored fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings, which means that more of the natural tooth can be preserved as well.
What is the dental filling process?
The process always begins with the area around the affected tooth being numbed with a local anesthetic. Once the tooth is numb, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed with a dental drill. Next, your dentist will prepare the composite filling material by mixing it to the appropriate consistency and color. The material is then placed in layers onto the prepared tooth, with each layer being cured with a special light before the next layer is added. Once the filling is complete, your dentist will check your bite to ensure that it is comfortable and functional.
What is the recovery process like for a dental filling?
Recovery after a dental filling is relatively quick and easy. Patients are usually able to resume their normal activities immediately after a filling is placed, but may need to avoid eating or drinking for a short period of time while the filling sets. Patients may experience some sensitivity or discomfort in the first few days after the filling is placed, but this typically subsides on its own. During this time, you may find it beneficial to take over-the-counter pain medication and chew with the other side of your mouth as much as possible.